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Fats are a concentrated source of energy (at 9 kcal per gram), often making them the focal point when weight loss or healthier eating goals are put into place. However, is limiting fats warranted for these situations?
Fats have a multitude of functions in the body, making them essential to health. Following are four ways that fats play an important role in our overall diet and health.
Fats are the building blocks for cell membranes and a variety of hormones and hormone-like substances that regulate numerous body functions.
Fats help to slow down digestion and absorption processes, keeping you fuller for longer and helping to maintain steady blood sugar levels.
Fats are necessary for the absorption of the essential fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E and K.
Fat also gives food flavor. Fat-free and low-fat products are typically highly processed and contain high levels of sodium and sugars to compensate for the missing fat.
*Not all fats are the same. Fat is not the once perceived driving force behind obesity, heart disease and other chronic conditions. In fact, many fats can help in the prevention of heart disease and diabetes.
A healthy fat choice. Monounsaturated fats are liquid at room temperature.
An essential fat (required via dietary means) Polyunsaturated fats are liquid at room temperature and include Omega:3 and Omega:6 fats.
A solid fat at room temperature and found mostly in animal products.
A man-made fat that was initially created to be a substitute for saturated fat.
A simple, healthy and delicious substitute for mayonnaise is avocado. The following recipe is a fabulous sandwich filler, salad topper or snack with some veggies or whole grain crackers to use as a scoop. The healthy fats and protein in this recipe will be sure to satisfy your hunger.
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