Fats are an essential part of the diet. They also come in many shapes and forms, and some are essential too. The essential fats, known as essential fatty acids include omega 3 and omega 6 oils. These are now best found in fish but are also found in meats, milk and many fortified products such as cereals.
Fish has been relatively untouched and has therefore still got a 'natural' proportion of nutrients, which is why it is classed as healthy. Other foods, such as beef would have naturally had the same proportions of omega 3 to omega 6 but the farming of such meats has altered the quality and quantity so much so that beef is now high in omega 6 with little omega 3. Organic milk and "Altogether Better" milk is particularly high in omega 3 fatty acids. Organic foods tend to be better as the animals are fed on a healthy natural diet and are allowed to grow at a natural rate.
Fats play an important role in the body, providing transport for nutrients, structure for cell membranes, insulation and padding. A large proportion of the brain is made of special fat. Too much fat, especially around the organs of the body is to the individual's detriment and can lead to life threatening health problems such as heart disease, stroke and organ failure.
A healthy diet should be made up with around 25 - 30% fats, with no more than 10% from saturated fat.
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