There are so many different trends in diets these days it's hard to keep up. With all the talk about low-fat, high-protein and low-carbohydrate foods, it's easy to get confused. What is really the healthiest way to achieve your ideal weight, and stick to it? Having a basic understanding of how fats work in your body will go a long way in answering this question.

This leaflet will tell you all you need to know about fats. What types of fats are good for you, which are bad - what effect they both have on your body and where you can find them. We'll also give you practical advice to cut down on the amount of bad fats you're eating, and suggest some natural supplements to help your body get the good fats it needs.

What do fats do for our body?

Fats have a very contradictory role in our body. On one hand, they can be held responsible for so many of the diseases and conditions which plague our modern world - heart disease, cancer, diabetes and obesity.

On the other hand, some types of fat can actually help prevent these very same diseases! Our body needs fat for other things too, like the fatty acids it produces to provide insulation under our skin and around our organs. We use fat for fuel to give us energy. It also plays an important role in our cell and membrane production, brain development, ability to recover from injury and exercise, hormone production, vitality and lots more.

All fats are fattening in large amounts. But, thanks to scientific research, we now know much more about the different types of fat and how they affect our bodies.