Go ahead have that real butter, olive oil, avocado oil and coconut oil!! New research is proving the positive effects of healthy fats in our bodies. Gone are the days of low fat diets. Fats are required for a happy and healthy functioning body. They are the fuel that your body needs to run efficiently.
There are many beneficial fats that you should consume. Here are a few of my favorites and their health benefits:
*They’re rich in monounsaturated fats, which raise levels of good cholesterol while lowering the bad.
* They are packed with the benefits of vitamin E, which help prevent free radical damage.
* They boost immunity and acts as an anti-aging nutrient for your skin.
*It's packed full of protein, more than any other fruit.
*The omega 6 and omega 3 fatty acids found in butter, help your brain function properly and improve skin health.
*It is rich in fat soluble vitamins and trace elements. Including selenium, a powerful antioxidant.
Extra Virgin Olive Oil:
*It is great for heart health!
* The high amount of antioxidants in EVOO means it protects your cells from damage. It also helps improve memory and cognitive function, and works as an anti-inflammatory.
*Packed with protein that has a full amino acid profile.
*Can lower cholesterol (yes you heard that right...LOWER your cholesterol) while improving heart health.
*Can reduce your risk of metabolic syndrome.
Grass Fed Beef:
*Grass fed beef has conjugated linoleic acid, or CLA, which helps to prevent cancer and other diseases.
*CLA also reduces the risk of heart disease.
I highlighted just a few of the good fats that are beneficial to your health. There is also coconut oil, nuts and seeds, MCT oil, full fat dairy and dark chocolate. Our bodies need beneficial fats every day to function in a healthy way. As always, be mindful of how much you consume, but don't be afraid of these nutrition powerhouses. They are good for you!