For a long time, fatty foods have gotten a bad rap, being blamed for cardiovascular disease and other ailments – but recent research has shown that some fats are good for us. A lot of people go on low fat diets, and end up consuming a lot of carbohydrates, which can contribute to weight gain. Carbohydrates are essentially sugars, and they take a lot of activity to burn off.
At Natures Naturals, we’ve compiled a list of foods containing good fats that you should get more of.
Avocado is one of the best sources of natural fat. They contain monounsaturated fat, protein, vitamin E, and folate. Plus, you have the added benefit of knowing that some of the nasties that come with animal fat (chemicals like added hormones) aren’t in there.
Coconut oil is another great natural source of fat. It contains both polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats, and antioxidants. It shouldn’t be consumed in excess, though, as polyunsaturated fats can be harmful if consumed regularly.
Coconut oil can add a great flavour to desserts and curries, and it can be applied directly onto hair and skin to improve its condition.
Nuts contain healthy oils, which are a great source of protein. They also provide your body with important minerals.
Fats containing omega 3 (like from fish) are good for your brain and cardiovascular health. It’s important to balance omega 3 with the other omegas, 6 and 9. A great balanced source of omegas is flaxseed oil, and it has the added benefit of being vegetarian.
Olive oil is another source of fat that is great for your health. Go for the extra virgin type, as it is less refined and contains more of the olive’s natural healthy properties like a high level of antioxidants. Olive leaf products are also great for your overall health.
We hope this guide helps you make your diet that little bit healthier, and to dispel some of the myths surrounding fats.