A lot of people try to avoid dietary fats in an attempt to lose weight. However, by doing this they not only miss out on a number of benefits but also put their health at risk. In this article I’ll be highlighting the dangers of not eating enough dietary fats and explaining how to avoid them.
- Fatty Liver Disease
One of the many benefits of polyunsaturated fats is that they prevent fatty droplets being deposited in your liver. If you don’t get enough polyunsaturated fats in your diet, these fatty droplets accumulate around your liver which ultimately leads to fatty liver disease. Fatty liver disease displays no symptoms in the early stages but once it becomes more advanced it can cause fatigue, nausea and weakness.
- Increased Cancer Risk
Studies have shown that eating a diet that’s rich in monounsaturated fats and polyunsaturated fats can keep cancer at bay with these types of fats being particularly effective at preventing breast cancer, colon cancer and prostate cancer. Failing to consume enough of these dietary fats removes this protection and increases your likelihood of contracting cancer.
- Increased Heart Disease Risk
Many people believe that low fat diets keep your heart healthy but by limiting your intake of dietary fats, you’re actually putting this blood pumping vital organ at risk. The latest research has shown that people who cut fats from their diet experience atherosclerosis (a condition where your artery walls harden which then restricts the flow of blood away from your heart) and high blood triglyceride levels (which increase your heart disease risk).
- High Blood Pressure
Monounsaturated fats help regulate your blood pressure and keep it under control. Restricting your intake of these dietary fats has the opposite effect and elevates your blood pressure levels. High blood pressure has a number of negative symptoms and can damage your blood vessels and vital organs and also increase your risk for certain chronic diseases.
- Mental Disorders
Dietary fats boost your brain in countless ways and if you don’t eat enough of them, you miss out on these benefits and also increase your chances of developing mental disorders. Studies suggest that people who are deficient in dietary fats are more likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease, autism, depression and dyslexia.
If you make sure your diet contains plenty of fat rich foods, none of the negative symptoms discussed in this article will be a problem for you. Dairy, fresh fish, nuts, seeds and red meats are all excellent sources of dietary fats and by eating these foods on a daily basis, you can enjoy all the benefits they provide without experiencing any adverse effects.