When it comes to losing weight, fat can be considered a taboo word. The good news is that all fat isn’t on the don’t list. Healthy fats play an important part in our overall health. The importance of healthy fats is vital, since if we didn’t have any fat, major functions of our bodies would stop working. Fat is a major source of energy and aids in vitamin and mineral absorption. Fat is also essential for building cell membranes and acting as protection for our vital organs.
Good Fats Versus Bad Fats
There are several different types of fats that you should be aware of, and it’s helpful to know which ones you should avoid and which ones you should make a part of your daily diet.
Trans Fats are considered to be unhealthy fats and should be avoided. They raise LDL cholesterol (bad) levels and lower HDL cholesterol (good) levels. A diet heavy in trans fat increases your risk of developing heart disease. Most trans fat found in the foods we eat is manufactured as partially hydrogenated oil. You’ll find this manufactured oil in foods such as most fried food, microwave popcorn, baked goods that use shortening, and even frozen baked goods. Some meat and dairy products also contain small amounts of trans fat.
Saturated fats have many health benefits as long as you eat them in moderation. An abundance of saturated fats can also raise LDL (bad) cholesterol and increase the risk of heart disease and stroke. You can find saturated fat in dairy, such as butter, ghee, whole milk, and cheese. Grass-fed meat is also a good source of saturated fat, as well as coconut oil.
When it comes to your health, as long as you moderate how much saturated fat you eat, your heart, brain, and even immune system may benefit from it.
Monounsaturated Fats and Polyunsaturated Fats
Monounsaturated fats and polyunsaturated fats are the best sources of fat you can include in your diet. Common sources of monounsaturated fats are avocados, many nuts, olive oil, canola oil, and other nut oils.
Along with polyunsaturated fats, monounsaturated fats should be consumed in place of trans fats and saturated fats as much as possible. Polyunsaturated fats are commonly found in cooking oils, like corn oil, sunflower oil, and safflower oil.
Omega-3 fatty acids make up polyunsaturated fats and are essential to your overall health. Omega-3 deficiencies are common and so including foods such as salmon, walnuts, and flaxseeds can help boost levels.
Polyunsaturated fats promote brain health, can improve cholesterol levels, and build healthy cells.
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5 Foods With Fat That Are Healthy
Wondering how to add more healthy fats into your diet and meal planning? We’ve got a list of easy-to-find and delicious-to-eat healthy fats and some recipes from the Xyngular test kitchen that incorporate these super ingredients.
Almonds are known as one of the best healthy fats and contain many nutrients including vitamin E, magnesium, and protein as well as fiber. They are also known for reducing blood pressure and lower cholesterol levels. Enjoy them for a snack or in a recipe such as the one below!
Avocados have an incredible nutritional value. Not only are they known for lowering cholesterol and triglycerides, but they are loaded with heart-healthy monounsaturated fatty acids. They also are full of fiber and contain more potassium than bananas. Don’t miss the recipe below for a healthy lunch option.
Salmon is well known for being rich in Omega-3 Fatty Acids. It also is loaded with selenium and a good source of potassium as well as protein. It’s also known for reducing the risk of heart disease and helping with weight control. Try the following recipe for a flavorful dinner choice.
Not only is tofu a good source of protein, but it contains all nine essential amino acids. It’s known for being a source of iron and calcium as well as containing vitamin B1, zinc, copper, and magnesium. Check out the recipe below for a quick and easy dinner option.
Eggs are also a good source of Omega-3 Fatty Acids. They are nutrient-rich and high in protein. A diet rich in eggs also reaps the benefit of vitamin A, folate, selenium, vitamin B5, vitamin B12, and more. Start your morning off right with the following recipe.
Xyngular 8-Day Jumpstart
The Xyngular 8-Day Jumpstart begins with a basic low-carb meal plan that you’ll follow for 8 days in order to reset your body and train it to run on healthier fuel. That means fewer sugary, starchy carbs, and more protein and healthy fats.
By utilizing healthy fats in your diet, you will boost energy, burn fat, and lose weight by following a low-carb and keto diet. Your 8-Day Jumpstart meal plan will lead you from the time you wake up to right before bed, with every meal and snack in between!
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*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
*Lose up to 15 pounds in 8 days. Lose an additional 1-2 pounds or more each week following the 8-day jump start. Results are not guaranteed and can vary.