FATS THAT WON’T MAKE YOU FAT
There are several different types of dietary fats. Monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats can help reduce bad cholesterol (LDL) and lower your risk of heart disease or stroke. You should limit your healthy fat intake to 30 percent of your total daily calories.
Here are some examples of healthy fats that won’t make you fat:
Seeds: Flax seeds, chia seeds, pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds are good sources of fiber, omega-3 fatty acids and protein. They are packed with minerals such as selenium, zinc and magnesium.
Avocados: Avocados are an excellent source of glutathione. Glutathione is a powerful antioxidant that helps cleanse and protect the body by fighting free radicals and helping the liver remove toxins from the body. Avocados are also rich in folate and vitamin E.
Nuts: Nuts are a good source of omega-3 fatty acids, soluble fiber and vitamin E. They are also a good source of monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats. Nuts can help lower bad cholesterol (LDL), decrease the risk of blood clots and improve the health of the lining of your arteries.
Olive oil: Olives are rich in monounsaturated fat and antioxidants and can help decrease blood pressure. Olive oil can also help you maintain a healthy weight. The high monounsaturated fatty acid content of olive oil helps reduce bad cholesterol levels and can also help increase good cholesterol levels (HDL).
Coconut oil: Coconut oil can help improve digestion, nutrient absorption and intestinal health. The fatty acids in coconut oil are medium-chain triglycerides, which are easily metabolized and used as energy by the body. The fatty acids in coconut oil can boost metabolism and energy, promote weight loss and increase good cholesterol (HDL).
Do you like to eat any of these healthy fats? What are some interesting ways you incorporate them into your daily routine? Do you sprinkle some flax seeds on salads or use avocado in your breakfast smoothie? We would love to hear how you use healthy fats!