Health Tip: Why Your Body Needs Fat

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(HealthDay News) -- While many people try to avoid fats in an effort to lose weight, certain fats are healthy and necessary.

Womenshealth.gov explains these essential functions of fat:

  • Fat provides an energy source.
  • Fat helps your body absorb vitamins from the foods that you eat.
  • Healthier unsaturated fats include: olive oil, safflower oil, sunflower oil, peanut oil and canola oil.
  • Limit unhealthy saturated fats, found in red meats, butter and whole milk.

-- Diana Kohnle

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