Our instinct is to run and hide from any kind of food that contains or causes ‘f-word,’ also known as fat. But what we don’t realize is that not all fatty foods are bad for us. While it’s true, they should be enjoyed in moderation, there are lots of fatty foods that have been proven to be good for us. Many of the fatty foods that are often considered to be unhealthy because of the fat content are really just misunderstood properties and are now actually an encouraged part of a healthy diet. To benefit from consuming foods with fat, it’s important to know what’s recommended and to check food labels, as well as understand which fats are considered healthy to eat, and what nutrients in fatty foods can help keep you healthy now and in the future.
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So don’t shy away from these fatty foods with mega health benefits. You might be surprised just how much good they can do for you…
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Avocados continue to be one of the best fatty foods to eat and with good reason. They are extremely high in fat, but it’s a monounsaturated fat that is great for your body. Avocados are high in calories, but they’re also high in fiber and potassium. They’ve been shown to lower bad and raise good blood pressure, two important factors in cardiovascular health. This fruit (yes, it’s a fruit) also contains antioxidants, one of which promotes good eye health.
Although a lot of people really enjoy the taste and texture of avocado, there are many who don’t. But that shouldn’t stop you from adding it to your diet. You can sneak thin slices of avocado in a veggie-filled wrap, add small pieces to salad, make it a spread with other ingredients, use in place of mayo, add it to pasta dishes, or make guacamole. You can alter the flavor (with a bit of garlic or lemon) without taking away from its goodness.