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1 Fats are like our bodies' warehouses. They store energy. When the body needs more energy, the fat can be turned into energy. Although both carbohydrates and proteins are also energy generators, they are not as effective as fats. While carbohydrates and proteins each produce four calories of energy per gram, fats can manufacture nine calories of energy per gram.
2 Since fats make more than two times the amount of energy per gram as the other two essential nutrients, our bodies do not need to consume a lot of fats. If a large proportion of our daily diet consists of fatty foods, we will likely take in more calories than our body can use. We run the risk of becoming overweight and having health problems such as heart attacks, strokes, and cancers. Abolishing fats from our daily diet, however, does not shield us from getting sick. In addition to getting us energized, fats help our bodies transport vitamins and manufacture hormones. They are also responsible for keeping us warm and protecting vital organs. Therefore, despite the fact that fats have a bad reputation, they are something that we cannot live without. We must know the right types of fats to eat, and how much our bodies need.
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