By: Joshua McKissick

What do Fats Do?

Fats store energy and insulate the body.

Major Sources of Fat

Main sources of “healthy” fats include nuts and seeds, fish, avocados and most plant-based oils, such as olive oil or canola oil.

Interesting Facts about Fats

Fat is a compound found in food. It is one of three types of energy that the human body uses.

Trans fat adds texture and flavor to food, they are usually found in commercially baked goods, fried foods, frozen foods and processed foods like salty snacks, donuts and chocolate coatings.


F-Fats serve both as energy and storage for the body

A-Adipose Tissue is used for storing metabolism

T-Trans Fats are a type of unsaturated fat that are uncommon in nature but became commonly produced industrially from vegetable fats for use in margarine, snack food, packaged baked goods and frying fast food starting in the 1950s.[

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What happens if you don't intake enough fat?

The human body can make most fats with the exception of omega-3 and omega-6. If you don’t get enough of these fats in your diet, the most likely symptoms are those of essential fatty acid deficiency including:
  • Dry, scaly, flaky, dull, or bumpy skin
  • Dry, brittle, or lackluster hairs
  • Soft, frying, splitting, or brittle finger nails
  • Night blindness
  • Confusion and disorientation
  • Depression
  • Fatty food cravings