Here’s a post-Halloween shocker: your body needs fat. The problem lies in how much of it and what kind you’re ingesting: while “good fats” supply your body with energy while keeping your skin and hair healthy, saturated fats can trigger numerous health problems over the long run, including cardiovascular diseases.
These “good fats” are otherwise known as unsaturated fats, and include monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats. Those of the polyunsaturated variety includes omega 3s and omega 6 fats, which are essential fatty acids that our bodies can’t develop on their own. Consuming polyunsaturated fats can lower your cholesterol levels completely, while monounsaturated ones can improve your “good” cholesterol (HDL) levels while making your “bad” cholesterol (LDL) levels plummet.
Let’s take a look at two fat-friendly– but also health-friendly– foods you can buy during your next trip to the supermarket below:
Ahhh, yes– my favorite mid-day snack. In fact, during times when my fitness goal involves cutting, I’ll sometimes snack my way through the work day with a bag of almonds, a glass of water, and a banana waiting here at my desk for my next hunger pang to set in.
When you consider how just about any nut can offer up a wildly nutritious fat-filled snack, it’s good to know that you can’t really go wrong with the round little guys. Still, almonds offer the fewest calories out of the nut family: just one ounce of the fat-fighters carry 14 grams of fat, which includes roughly nine grams of monounsaturated fat and nearly three-and-a-half grams of polyunsaturated fat.
This comes as great news to me, seeing as I thought that nuts were get-out-of-jail-free cards up until recently. It wasn’t until I snacked my way through half a bag of cashews that I checked the nutrition label to see they were quite high in calories. With almonds, you can snack a bunch, and they’re still a healthy munch.
If you’re not big on fish, I feel you– throughout my childhood, I despised the floundering fat. But the past few years, I’ve developed a certain affinity for salmon– and now, it’s no exaggeration to say I love the friendly fish. Even though salmon is one of the most commonly-known fatty fish, tuna, mackerel, and sardines also provide you with a “heart-healthy dose of fats.”
If you’re like me, though, and still have a hard time trusting faces of the sea, stick with the one I’ve grown to trust entirely: wild-caught salmon is my favorite-flavored fish, and fortunately, it’s also the best for you. With all of the controversies surrounding the overfishing of our oceans and the cleanliness of fish farms, knowing that your catch of the day is wild-caught should make all the difference.
If you can, try including both foods in your daily diet for superstar weight loss results– and see the shock on your friends’ faces when you tell them you lost your fat by eating some.
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