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Nutrigenomics: Fat Metabolism

Posted by Athletigen on Thu, Apr 23, 2020

Fat-benefats

Unsaturated fats are, in moderation, an important part of a healthy diet. Unlike their saturated counterpart, the energy in unsaturated fats is easier for your body to use and is less likely to find its way into fat tissues.

Polyunsaturated fats, including Omega-3 and Omega-5 fats, are an essential part of your diet and your body cannot make them. Both types of polyunsaturated fats can help to reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease. Monounsaturated fats, including the types found in vegetable oils and avocados, can improve cardiovascular health when they are used as an alternative to the fats from animal products.

The amount of benefits, including improved cardiovascular health and weight loss, that an individual gets from adding unsaturated fats to their diets, either as an alternative for saturated fats or on their own, depends on how efficiently unsaturated fats are metabolized.

Your DNA plays a role in how your body metabolizes fat.

The PPARG gene helps regulate how your body uses and stores sugars and fats. PPARG is primarily active in heart, fat, and muscle tissues. Certain variants may improve how well your body burns fat for energy. This could impact how easy it is to lose weight or how long your energy lasts during endurance activities.

Athletigen can tell you which variant of the PPARG gene you have and how your DNA affects how you metabolize fat. Get the Nutrition Report and find out what your nutritional needs are!

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