What happens if I don't eat enough fat?
Asked by scottishlass69 on May 19, 2009
We need to eat enough fat to get the Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs). The first sign of EFA deficiency is dry, flaky skin; however, the deficiency is extremely rare, confined to babies fed skim milk formula and to patients on long-term IV feedings that do not include fat. The two EFAs, linoleic and linolenic, are precursors of prostaglandins, a group compounds that perform a wide variety of specialized vital functions. The World Health Organization recommends eating 6% - 10% of calories from polyunsaturated fats to meet EFA requirements. For you, that translates into a minimum of 2 teaspoons of plant-based oils per day. From all food sources, you need to eat around 25-30 grams of fat per day.