We eat because our brain and body have requirements for energy, tissue protection, repair and building. We eat to help the structure and functioning of cells, particularly in the brain. We eat to provide the vitamins and minerals to maintain the functioning health of our brain and blood vessels. In short, our brain and body have functioning requirements that are supported and maintained by the foods we eat and drink.
Unfortunately, our culture seems to have lost sight of those needs. We eat foods that are easily available and promoted on TV. Consequently, we consume an inordinate amount of simple sugars, foods with added sugars and saturated fats.
In “Why Do We Eat-Part 1” I highlighted the need for water and the problem with red meats easily available to us in supermarkets and fast food restaurants. In “Why Do We Eat-Part 2” I highlighted simple sugars. “Why Do We Eat?-Part 3” highlights the fats, or fatty acids, we ingest. It all starts with understanding the difference between non-essential and essential fats., or fatty acids.