Can you really eat your way to good health?
Well, maybe not exactly.
But you should feel encouraged to know that there are at least seven foods – traditionally categorized as “fatty” – that have some pretty amazing health benefits.
Some of them will actually help you burn extra belly fat.
Avocados get a bad rap for being a “fatty” food. It’s true that avocados are rich in monounsaturated fats. However, this is a great kind of cholesterol-free fat, which helps reduce risk of heart disease. Since we all need some fat in our diets, why not get it from avocados, a fruit that provides plenty of fiber, vitamin K, and vitamin C.
#2 Anything Coconut
Coconut oil, coconut milk, coconut flour…you get the picture. You really can’t go wrong with the coconut, which is loaded with a certain saturated fat called lauric acid. Lauric acid works in your body by increasing your good HDL levels. With the right amount of coconut in your diet, you can balance out your cholesterol, and even improve your thyroid’s health. Check out these five delicious ways to enjoy this healthy taste of the tropics.
#3 Dark Chocolate High in Cacao
Chocolate, really? Yes, but take this advice – not the chocolate – with a grain of salt: don’t overindulge. Even chocolate made of at least 72% cacao, which is the kind we’re referring to here, contains sugar, and sugar will turn to fat. Instead, consider this a “health food” for dealing with dessert cravings. It’s definitely better for you than a chocolate chip cookie!
#4 Grass-Fed Butter (Forget the Margarine!)
People have been debating butter and margarine since the replacement was first invented. While there are pros and cons to both, butter tends to win out overall. (Learn why.) Of course, nothing’s better than butter produced by grass-fed cows. More on that next…
#5 Grass-Fed Beef
If you thought all red meat was bad for you, think again. Grass-fed beef and bison is a much better alternative. Grass-fed meats, according to Mayo Clinic, are higher in beneficial Omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin E, and antioxidants. Grass-fed beef can even lower LDL cholesterol levels.
Like some of the other foods on this list, nuts have gotten a bad rap by special interest diets and groups. However, raw, un-roasted nuts are one of the healthiest, oldest foods known to human beings. Not only are they rich in healthy fats, but they also have plenty of other nutrients and minerals!
#7 Eat All of the Egg
Dietitians used to recommend eating just the egg whites. Egg yolks have come under heavy fire by researchers recently, but this article from The Atlantic stands up in defense of the egg. Eggs are a great source of protein. We highly recommend eating free-range eggs over grocery eggs.
What fatty foods are you going to start using to your advantage? Have any recipes that use these foods? Share them with others in the comments section below!