Fat is one of the 3 main components of nutrition and at 9 kcals per gram the most concentrated form of metabolic energy. Protein and carbohydrates only have 4 kCals per gram. Essential fatty acids are very important for your skin, your hair, your organs etc. So it would not be a good idea to keep your fat intake as low as possible. Besides, the vitamins A, D, E, and K are fat soluble, meaning they can only be digested, absorbed, and transported in conjunction with fats. Basicly the fats are broken down inside the body to release glycerol and free fatty acids. Find more sports nutrition related topics at the nutrition main page.

General information: Fat

  • Fatty acids are an excelent energy source for heart and skeletal muscles.
  • At least 15% of your nutrition should be fat. Your organs, hair skin etc. need some fat.
  • The upper limit for your fat intake should be around 35%.
  • If something says 40g of Proten, 40 grams of Carbohydrates and 30 grams of Fat,
    it's actually 50 percent of fat. The percentage should be calculated from the kCalories
    and not from the grams. One gram of fat has over two times more energy (kcal) than one gram of protein or carbohyrdates.

Good Fats and bad Fats: Fat

  • Fish Fat (Omega 3 for example is very good for the brain)
  • Fat from Nuts
  • Fat from Vegetables
  • Milk Fat
  • Fat from meat
  • Cocos Fat. (the worst kind of fat)

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