Looking for a new and improved diet for your New Years goals can sometimes present a strenuous process if you don’t know what to look for. With an abundance of information out there, it can sometimes make you feel lost not knowing what to start with. While it’s obvious you can eat vegetables to get lean, let’s not forget that you need to consume what are called “healthy fats.” The body needs fat for a multitude of reasons, especially if you’re planning on bulking up with a good amount of muscle mass. In this article, we will address foods that are more than a viable and warranted fix to your problem with finding a good diet with healthy fats. Read down below to get started!
What are the Healthiest Fats You Can Consume?
#1: Walnuts – With an abundance of the more-rare alpha-linolenic acid (ALA, a type of omega-3 fat (considered to be a good asset in protecting against heart disease), there can be no mistake in prioritizing the addition of these little guys in your everyday diet (like when following one of the meal plans discussed here). Naturally flavored and ready to be used as a seasoning tool, this delicious snack can be roasted and sprinkled onto just about anything.
#2: Avocado – What some would consider to be the juggernaut of healthy fats, these guys pack a ton of monounsaturated fats that contain oleic acid, which in turn, can help to prevent your eat-everything-craving-escapades from happening. Being naturally rich, creamy in texture and ultimately very tasty, it is no surprise that this fruit is the sole focus of some recent restaurant startups.
#3: Dark Chocolate – Yes, you’ve read correctly. While this may not warrant a fest-filled over-indulgent chocolate-consuming Sunday (everything taken in too large of a quantity can become damaging), it is certainly a pass to feel good about yourself while snacking on the stuff every now and then. This naturally tasty stuff packs not-only healthy fats, but it also comes with a good amount of antioxidants, mostly polyphenols including flavonoids like epicatechin, catechin and most notably the procyanidins, which help to fight off free-radicals and improve blood flow to the brain. Who doesn’t want to be a little bit smarter with a healthier brain blood flow?
#4: Extra Virgin Olive Oil – Other than the fact that this stuff goes great in pizza crust, hoagies and as a generally-tasty dousing sauce, it can also gloat upon the fact that it is a significant source of super healthy monounsaturated fats, which in turn, can reduce the incidences of heart attack or heart diseases. Mounted with a lot of antioxidants, it also helps improve memory and cognitive function as well as an anti-inflammatory supplement.
#5: Fish – Of course, this should be common knowledge by now. Doctors everywhere profess about the great number of benefits that a healthy amount of fish can provide to anyone’s daily diet. Besides the amount of high-quality protein content, naturally fatty fish like mackerel, salmon, lake trout, herring, and sardines are great sources of omega-3 fatty acids. These kinds of fats maintain a healthy heart, as well as providing a decent trip for your taste buds.
Men: when you consumer fats, you actually build testosterone.
Women: your bodies don’t produce omega-3 fats, which has DHA. You absolutely need this to boost your brain. This is especially important during pregnancy. (Source: Shape.)
Which ones are your favorites?