The common misconception in today’s world is that fat is the evil of all foods. Many people avoid all foods that contain fat or choose foods labeled low fat. First off, low fat is most likely worse for you than the full fat version! The fat in a lot of foods is what gives it the taste that satisfies us so much. Also because fat calories are denser than carbs or protein (fats is 9 calories compared to the 4 that is in carbs or protein). To make foods low fat, many manufacturers use chemicals and add large amounts of sugar to make up for the missed fat. While some fats are bad for you, healthy fats exist and are actually needed!
Good fats come in the form of polyunsaturated fats. This includes omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, which are essential for boosting your brain and heart health. Monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats can also benefit us, by lowering the risk of getting heart disease and improving blood cholesterol levels. Here is a list of the best, healthiest fats that you should be eating:
1) Seek Out Virgins!
Extra virgin olive oil is loaded with antioxidants and healthy fats. Studies show that it can boost the rate of fat burning as fat oxidation is increased after consumption. It has also been shown to strengthen your immune system and boost your heart health.
2) Walk the Guac!
Avocados are high in monounsaturated fats. They are not only delicious in dishes like guacamole but can be used in dishes like pudding, cakes and other treats as a healthy substitute for fat.
3) Something Smells Fishy..
Fatty fishes – such as salmon, sardine, tuna, and mackerel – are rich in omega-3, which our bodies can’t produce (the only way to get it is through the food we eat). It is recommended that people consume a minimum of 2 servings of fatty fish weekly, which can also help fight against inflammation and reduce your risk of getting cancer.
4) Go Nuts!
Another good source of omega-3 fatty acids comes from nuts. Nuts are also filled with monounsaturated fat, fiber and protein, leaving you feeling fuller, while giving your metabolism a slight boost.
5) You Got Egg On Ya Face.
Eggs used to get such a bad rep! But science has shown that we can reap the full benefits of eggs like 9 vitamins, 8 minerals, 2 amino acids, and many other macronutrients!
6) It Puts The Lime In The Coconut
Coconut helps you burn more calories at rest due to its thermogenic properties. Coconut oil is high in MCT or Medium Chain Triglycerides which is essential for healthy brain function. Also, it protects your body from viruses and bacteria.
Of course, your diet isn’t the only thing that matters when it comes to burning fat. So make sure you get enough quality sleep, drink enough water, and exercise regularly.