4 Fatty Foods That are Actually Good for You
By Genevieve Cunningham
Over time, our society has been conditioned to believe that fat is the enemy. When we are trying to get healthy or lose weight, we tend to look for labels that say “fat free” or “reduced fat.” For some reason, we think that eating zero fat is the way to go. In recent years, however, this approach has come into question in the public’s eye. Is it really healthier to cut all fat from our diets? Maybe not. Fat actually has a place in our diets and our bodies, but the trick is finding the right kinds of fats. Not all fats are created equal, and therefore should not be consumed equally. To help you get started on the right kind of fats, check out these four fatty foods that are actually good for your body and overall health.
You may already use this type of oil since many well known benefits have been apparent for a while. What you may not know is that olive oil is actually pretty fatty. If you read the label, you will see that just one tablespoon contains almost 15 grams of fat! The good news is that this particular kind of fat is super healthy for you, as it brings a wealth of benefits to your heart and brain. Just make sure that you go easy on the oil and always factor the calories into your daily intake.
This delicious fruit is actually one of the fattiest fruits available to us. A medium sized avocado contains approximately 30 grams of fat. This is one of the main reasons that we have been trained to go easy on the guacamole. The bright side is that you may be able to eat a little more of the yummy green side dish as long as you understand what you are eating. The fat that is in an avocado is another form of healthy fat, but it should still be monitored and weighed into your normal daily diet. If you factor in the fat percentage and make allowances in the rest of your diet, then you can enjoy this treat guilt-free.
This one is tricky. The right amount of peanut butter can bring your body a blast of protein, a wealth of healthy fats, and provide you with just enough carbohydrates for energy. Once you cross into the “too much” territory, however, you may find yourself putting on weight. If you want to eat this healthy fat, make sure that you weigh out your portions very carefully. Scoop out one serving, add the calories and fat grams into your daily food journal, and then enjoy your healthy treat. Once you have enjoyed your serving of peanut butter for the day, put it away (and out of sight!), and enjoy again tomorrow.
This is an easy one to add to the diet for many people. Eggs make for a great breakfast, a simple snack, or even a great addition to dinner. They contain protein, Vitamins D and B, and of course, some very healthy fats. If you want to get the benefit of the healthy fats, make sure to include the yolk, as this is the portion that contains the most calories and the fatty bits. Boil them, fry them, or scramble them up and eat with little guilt and for a whole host of healthy benefits.
Luckily for all of us, fats need not be completely eliminated from our diets. Fats from candy or fried foods? Sure, cut them out. Fats from healthy foods? Go ahead and add them to your diet to enjoy the delicious flavors and the benefits that they bring to your body, mind, and general health.
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