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Whether on You or in You, Fat Can Be Bad or Good

By Tom Herrin

At one time, people didn't really care as much about how thin they were.  Making a living and carrying on daily activities was far more important.  Whether it is due to vanity or a concern for health, we tend to be more aware of just how much fat we have on our bodies.  It certainly may divine our looks, and it may be a determining factor with our overall health.  While most of us recognize what we believe overweight individuals look like, we may not actually be aware of the connections with health.  

White Fat Could Be Bad

Fat is not all one color.  Some colors of fat perform different functions.  Belly fat is usually a white fat.  It is considered to be among the most dangerous forms of fat.  When we have a lot of this kind of fat, we may be in danger of some serious issues.  It is known to be associated with strokes, heart disease, arterial disease, and some cancers.  When we notice any excess of this, we may need to take some serious action.

Brown Fat May Be Needed 

The fat that babies have is usually brown fat.  As adults, we may have some as well.  It is usually the kind of fat that keeps us warm.  It may have some other purposes as well, but it is not thought to be a real danger.  

We Don't Put on Fat Because of Eating It

Some people have the idea that people who eat too much fat have too much body fat.  The fat we have just under our skin, subcutaneous fat, is usually due to storing of carbs.  When we take in more carbs than we can burn up, our bodies store them.  This is what makes up the majority of the fat we have.  Some of the newer diet plans are deigned to force our bodies to burn fats for fuel.

We All Need Some Fat

Body fat has some good functions.  It is needed for our brains, bone marrow, and nerves.  It also serves as a cushion for some organs.  Fat may help to store some vitamins.  When we refer to the food we eat that contains fat, we need to educate ourselves.  Some people now believe that some kinds of fats may help to raise good cholesterol.  Some are necessary for digesting other foods.  In order for us to have the best of health, we need to increase our knowledge and make decisions accordingly.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in The Woodlands, Tex.

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