We were told that a low-fat diet would help us get the body we want. In fact, it’s one of the biggest nutrition lies that the public has ever been told. The truth is only now being revealed to us. The truth is our bodies need fat — more specifically, they need healthy fats.
Here are some healthy fats you don’t need to fear:
Forget margarine! Real butter — preferably raw or from grass-fed, organic sources — is what you should reach for.
The omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids found in butter help your brain function properly and improve skin health. These two fatty acids are essential, meaning the body needs them but can’t produce them on its own; they must be derived from food sources. Butter’s also rich in fat-soluble vitamins and trace minerals, including beneficial selenium, a powerful
2. Coconut Oil
Coconut oil is rich in medium-chain fatty acids, which are easy for your body to digest, not readily stored by the body as fat and small in size, allowing them to infuse cells with energy almost immediately.
These fatty acids also improve brain and memory function. Plus, the high amount of natural saturated fats in coconut oil mean that it increases HDL cholesterol and promotes heart health, while the antioxidants found in coconut oil make it a great anti-inflammatory.
Choose extra virgin varieties, as refined or processed coconut oils can eliminate many of the health benefits.
3. Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Olive oil benefits are profound! First, extra virgin olive oil (EVOO) is great for heart health.due to its high levels of monounsaturated fats. The high amount of antioxidants in EVOO means it protects your cells from damage. It also helps improve memory and cognitive function, and works as an anti-inflammatory.
I recommend only extra virgin varieties of the oil. This means no chemicals are involved when the oil is refined. Unfortunately, many common brands are fake olive oil! Get in touch if you’d like some info about the best olive oils to buy.
The benefits of avocados are so numerous that they’re one of the healthiest fruits you can consume. They’re rich in monounsaturated fats, which raise levels of good cholesterol. Avocados are also packed with the benefits of vitamin E, which help prevent free radical damage, boosts immunity and acts as an anti-aging nutrient for your skin.
Avocados also contain more protein than any other fruit. For pregnant women, and for all of us, avocado is also one of the great folate foods. Folates can help reduce the risk of birth defects.
Add avocado oil into your kitchen. It has a mild taste that won’t overpower dishes the way other oils might. Its high smoke point of about 520 degrees means that you could even grill or fry with it although it is best used raw on salads, sandwiches or vegetables.