I'm talking essential fatty acids. Those are the fats that keep our hair and skin growing and support the function of our organs (especially the brain and liver).
Fats also assist any vitamins and minerals we consume from plants, some of which aren't of any use to our body unless they are partnered with fats.
Essential fatty acids are just that, essential to our health.
FATS WE LOVE
Aim for the unsaturated variety. Unsaturated Fats are liquid at room temperature. The body can't make them, so it's essential to get them from food sources.
Polyunsaturated Fats are primarily found in vegetable oils as well as nuts and seeds.
Monounsaturated Fats can be found in foods like olive oil, canola oil, peanut oil, avocado, and nuts.
FATS WE LIMIT
We want to limit the amount of Saturated Fats, Trans Fats, and Cholesterol. These fats may create a threat to the health of our arteries and are usually found in fast food and processed foods, dairy products (ie. butter/cheese/milk/meat), as well as coconut oil and palm kernel oil.
There's about 24 varieties of saturated fats, and not all are "bad". For example, coconut oil actually helps boost your good cholesterol levels and thyroid function.
Fat - enhances the flavor and texture of food and helps all those herbs/flavors really "wow!" your palate.
Fat - keeps your skin from being rough and scaly.
Fat - helps your body absorb vitamins.
Fat - provides you with fuel throughout the day.
Fat - boosts your brainpower.
Make sure you select the right kinds of fat, and be aware of how much of it you're eating - moderation is key.