The moment you hear the word ‘fat’, your brain goes into a tizzy. That’s because this nutrient ALWAYS gets a bad rap. Contrary to general perception, consuming fat does not make you fat or unfit—not if you have it in moderation. And if you plan to completely stay off it, then darling you are going to deal with a lot. No, we aren’t kidding.
Just like other nutrients, fat too, is critical for the smooth functioning of your body. And if your body is deficient in fat, then you could suffer from various health issues. Cut back on your fat consumption from junk food, and instead, try healthy foods to get a dose of this essential nutrient. As they say, a balanced diet takes care of it all!
But before we get down to the signs of fat deficiency in your body, let’s understand the role fat plays in your diet
There are several reasons why fat plays an important role for your health. It helps you absorb vitamins like A, D, E, and K. A lack of fat in your diet can cause deficiencies of these vitamins, thereby leading to various health issues.
Last but not the least, fat provides energy to the body for proper functioning. Each gram of fat that you consume provides you with nine calories of energy.
When it comes to dietary fat, it can be divided into four categories:
1. Vitamin deficiencies: As we mentioned above, your body needs fat to absorb fat-soluble vitamins. If you do not get enough fat, then you can put yourself at a risk of night blindness, infertility, swollen gums, dry hair, depression, muscle pain, and even blood clots under your nails.
2. Dermatitis: Research says that fat is an essential part of your skin cells, and helps to maintain its moisture barrier. In case you do not get enough fat, your skin gets severely dry and you could end up with dermatitis. Generally, they show up in the form of dry, scaly rashes.
3. Slow wound healing: This might sound surprising, but your body needs fat to create certain kinds of molecules to keep a check on inflammatory response. If your body doesn’t get enough fat, then it eventually leads to slow wound healing.
4. Hair loss: You could think losing your hair is seasonal, but that’s not true! Fatty molecules in your body, also known as prostaglandins promote hair growth. And in case you aren’t getting your daily dose of fat, then it could lead to changes in hair texture, even on your scalp and eyebrows.
5. Frequent sickness: Last but not the least, restricting your fat intake might also cause the immune system to crumble, thereby leading to frequent illnesses. For the uninitiated, essential fatty acids are important for the growth of immune cells. So, get your fill of healthy fat, without worrying about anything else!
So ladies, do not deprive yourself of fat, because eating it in moderation is truly good for your health.