Over the past few decades, fats have gotten a bad rap. They were blamed for the obesity crisis that was occurring as well as the ever-rising deaths caused by heart disease. And so, the low-fat and low-calorie fad began, and the government started recommending skim milk and low-fat cheeses and yoghurts. Research has since found that sugars are actually a primary factor in obesity and heart disease and that most foods these days are filled with unnecessarily added sugar. While this research has come to the surface, many people out there still believe that fats are bad for them and will avoid them at all costs. This actually isn’t the case.
There are healthy options that are actually beneficial to the body and will help with certain functions such as dissolving some vitamins. While there are still some unhealthy options that shouldn’t be consumed (or at least consumed in moderation) there are variations that are fantastic for our health. Such variations are Monounsaturated options (commonly found in some oils), Polyunsaturated options (commonly found in plant-based foods), and Omega-3 options (commonly found in fish oil).
As there are so many benefits to incorporating these variations into a daily diet such as balancing blood control, improving cholesterol, and decreasing coronary heart disease, this post will explore this topic a little further.
What are some examples of healthy options?
Some examples of monounsaturated options are olive oil, avocados, peanut butter, and other types of types. Oils that contain monounsaturated fats are usually ones that will turn solid when chilled. Including these types of food into a daily diet can help with reducing bad cholesterol and give the body extra nutrients. Some examples of the polyunsaturated options are walnuts, flax oil, salmon, and sunflower seeds.
Once again, incorporating these foods can help reduce the bad kinds of cholesterol and reduce the risk of heart disease. Omega 3s are commonly found in fish which is why wild krill oil supplements have gained so much popularity over the years. Incorporating Omega 3s is known to help with irregular heartbeats and even reduce the risk or coronary heart disease.
In conclusion, while everything should be eaten in moderation, it is important to not avoid fats like the plague. New research and evidence is getting discovered all the time, so it is important to keep an open mind when it comes to nutrition, and also to choose options that make you feel good.