There’s a common misconception that all fats are bad for you and all fats contribute to high cholesterol and heart disease. The truth, however, is that our bodies need fat to function. Fats can help store and carry nutrients, provide protective insulation for our organs, contribute to better metabolism, form cell membrane integrity and permeability, and lessen fatigue.
The problem arises when we eat too much of the wrong fats combined with too little exercise and we don’t balance it out with the proper essential fats. The way it works is that the more fats in general we eat, the more essential fats we need to consume. If we optimize our intake of essential fats, we can indulge in saturated fats like butter, whip cream, and dark chocolate, in moderation without fear.