We have been listening to all kinds of people saying how fats are bad, not healthy and devastating to our health, but what if they are not?! Fats can actually contribute to our own benefit if implemented properly in our diet. What is actually the key to this topic is choosing what fats to consume and how much to consume. There are several types of fats which can be separated on good and bad fats. However as mentioned fats are fats and over consuming can lead to weight gain further leading to poor health. For example, monounsaturated fats contribute by lowering LDL or bad cholesterol and increasing HDL or good cholesterol, inadvertently decreasing chances of cardiovascular diseases. Studies are showing that monounsaturated fats are helping with blood sugar control which is really helpful to people with diabetes. One more is dietary fat which is a macronutrient that our body needs desperately in order to function properly. It is associated with vitamin absorption or better said they dissolve the vitamins leading to easier absorption. To make it easier for you, we’ve made a shortlist of some foods that contain healthy fats.
Avocados: As we all know avocados are promoters of a healthy lifestyle. They contain monounsaturated fats, antioxidants, beta-carotene and many other healthy elements. The above mentioned have been associated with enhancement of memory and preventing heart diseases. Avocados are pretty much alone in this field because of the high number of healthy fats vs unhealthy fats. Bottom line, avocados should always be on your diet.
Coconut oil: Coconut oil was on a bad reputation for a half century. Due to the high levels of saturated fats or so-called Trans fats, coconut oil has been avoided in many countries. However new studies are showing that previous research was performed on hydrogenated coconut oil instead of virgin coconut oil. The studies show that coconut oil can actually contribute to better heart health, weight loss, healthier metabolism, improvement of the immune system etc. Furthermore coconut oil has been mentioned in many medical researches to be used as prevention for several types of cancer. It helps by inhibiting cancer cell growth.
Walnuts: Walnuts are most of the time avoided due to the bad reputation of being full with calories. However, walnuts are a great source of omega-3 fatty acids which are associated with preventing and treating clogged arteries. Also, wWalnuts have been associated with weightless. Furthermore, they are a great source of fiber, protein, vitamin E, potassium, magnesium, zinc, and many more.
Salmon: Salmon contains high levels of omega-3 acids. As we all know omega-3 acids are associated with many health benefits. Additionally salmon has been included in few researches which are showing that salmon can help with depression. The best thing about salmon is that it can be consumed in many different ways. Cooked salmon, salmon sashimi, smoked salmon and many more.
Olive oil: Olive oil contains high levels of monounsaturated fats. As previously mentioned monounsaturated fats lower chances of heart diseases by lowering LDL and increasing HDL. Olive oil is also high in vitamins A and E and magnesium. The best thing about olive oil is that you use it in almost any meal.