It wasn’t long ago that the health world waged a war on fat, and low-calorie diets seemed like the smart way to eat healthy. Thankfully, we’ve since learned that there are good fats and bad fats, and there’s a big difference between the two.
The so-called bad fats are also known as saturated and trans fats and are found in a large majority of processed foods. These cause our bodies to produce more bad cholesterol, which increases the risk of heart disease later in life. The good fats (also known as unsaturated fats) however, come in two forms: polyunsaturated and monounsaturated and there are plenty of great places to find these healthy fats. Let’s take a look at these ten awesome food sources of healthy fats…
There aren’t many people who don’t enjoy the rich creamy texture and mild flavor of avocados, and now you can feel pretty good about eating them on a regular basis. Unlike most fruits that are high in sugars and carbs, the avocado is actually extremely high in healthy fats, about 77 percent, making their fat content even higher than most animal foods.
The predominant fatty acid present in these green pear shaped fruits is oleic acid, a type of monounsaturated fat that’s also found in olive oil and has been linked to several health benefits including reduced risk of breast cancer and inflammation. Because avocados have such a mild, creamy flavor, they work well in all sorts of foods including sandwiches, spreads, with eggs for breakfast, and smashed up into a quick guacamole for dinner.