Many people equate a healthy diet to a low-fat one, eating low-fat everything, essentially.
But your body actually needs fat. Things like egg yolks and butter, long chastised as poor fat choices, aren’t that bad for you. You just need to be consuming the right kinds of fat.
Here are the four types of fat you have no need to fear:
This type of fat is key in keeping your cholesterol in check. Studies suggest that they not only lower bad cholesterol (LDL), but increase the good kind (HDL), too. Monounsaturated fats can be found in a variety of oils, plus avocados and poultry. They can also be found in nuts, such as cashews, almonds, and hazelnuts.
Polyunsaturated fats are heralded for their cholesterol-reducing capabilities, but also aid in lowering blood pressure. They can be had in supplement form, and in various oils like safflower and sunflower.
Conjugated Linoleic Acid
Research says this fatty acid combined with regular visits to the gym (at least 4.5 hours a week) can significantly reduce body fat. Additionally, a Swedish study found that CLA directly impacted the reduction of some types of colon cancer.
CLA is abundant in grass-fed poultry and meats, as well as dairy and eggs.
According to researchers in Oregon, fish oil can assist in the prevention of heart disease.
Not only that, the same research group found that it could even promote better eye and mental health. Sure, your breath will smell like fish, but we think the vast health benefits are worth it, not to mention the extra personal space.
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