If you recall last time we talked about water soluble vitamins and all the exciting things that go along with it. In case you missed it you can check it out here - (http://www.hpi-ibji.com/blog/2014/7/31/making-sense-of-vitamins-and-minerals-pt-1-water-soluble-vitamins)
Well in this installment we’re going to be talking about fat. Not ‘phat’ like the word in the 90’s to call something cool (If you got that I salute you). But, ‘fat’, the thing everybody’s trying to lose these days.
Well believe it or not fat isn’t necessarily all bad for you. There are a lot of types of fats that your body actually needs. Some of it can be gained through what you eat, like coconut oil. And you’re body fat is too low in fat, proper functions get all messed up.
Unfortunately talking about fat is a whole other topic that could be it’s own blog series on its own.
That being said, there are vitamins that need to dissolve in fat in order to be properly utilized by the body, and well that’s another reason why fat is well… phat.
Ok, in all seriousness just like last week I want to provide a list of fat soluble vitamins and the functions they assist the body in performing, and foods that provide them.
Fat Soluble Vitamins
Vitamin A and Carotenoids - Formation of visual pigments (helps eyesight), supports immune system
- Popular Food Sources- pumpkin, red and yellow peppers, and carrots
Vitamin D - Supports immune system, and helps with calcium absorption
- Popular Food Sources - egg yolk, salmon, and even the sun (sorry vampires)
Vitamin E - removes free radicals and functions like an antioxidant
- Popular Food Sources - nuts, avocado, whole grains, and carrots
Vitamin K - Prevents excessive bleeding in infants, and helps the body break down and use amino acids
- Popular Food Sources - lettuce and other green leafy vegetables.
It’s a shorter list but these vitamins are just as important as the water soluble vitamins. I hope that you’re slowly starting to see why vegetables are so important for you to eat, and that you’re starting to get an idea of what kinds of foods you should be eating on a regular basis.
In part 3 I’m going to shift focus from vitamins to minerals.