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Dietary Fat and Your Brain

Your brain needs dietary fat to thrive. Here’s why it’s so important – and what happens when your brain doesn’t get enough fat.

Did you know there is no such thing as an essential carbohydrate? That’s right – you don’t need carbs at all! However, there are definitely essential fats (technically, essential fatty acids) that are just as important to your health as getting enough water. Yet many people go “low-fat” or think that fat will make them fat (hint: it won’t).

Your brain needs dietary fat – not only to survive, but to thrive! Your mitochondria (think of these as your cell’s energy factories) need fat to keep everything in your body and brain going. (1) In fact, ketogenic diets remove all carbohydrates and subsist solely on protein and fat  – which are technically the only two macronutrients needed to sustain life. But you don’t need to go to those extreme lengths to understand the necessity of dietary fat for your brain.

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Amy Eubanks