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Top 6 High Fat Foods You Should Be Eating
Take a walk down any aisle in any supermarket and you will be bombarded with “low fat” and “no fat” choices. This low fat diet craze has only succeeded in making Americans fatter than ever before. Why is that? If you are what you eat, doesn’t fat make you fat?
Well, if that were true, then Americans should be the thinnest people in the world. We have low fat everything it seems, so why isn’t this working?
The reason is because our bodies do need some fat. Fat is one of those things that you need to eat in moderation. Many people think that because a food is low fat or no fat, that they can eat as much as they want without repercussion, and this isn’t true. Think about it: candy such as jelly beans or gummy bears have no fat. How much of those types of foods do you think you can eat and not gain weight? Calories still count, friends.
The body needs some fat in its diet. It keeps your skin and hair healthy, gives you energy, helps you to absorb the vitamins in your food, and even keeps you warm. Unsaturated fats are “good for you” fats. Unsaturated fats, such as polyunsaturated and monounsaturated, are all considered to be essential fatty acids because we must get these from the foods we eat since our bodies do not make them. Good fats would be the omega-3 and omega-6 fats you have heard so much about. Polyunsaturated fats lowers overall total cholesterol levels and monounsaturated fats increase our good cholesterol levels.
Most people need about 20 to 35 percent of their total daily calories from fat. Less than 10 percent of their total calories should come from saturated fats. So where can we get those healthy unsaturated fats? Keep reading for the best 6 healthy fats you can really feel good about eating.
1. Fatty Fish
This would include wild salmon, tuna, sardines, and mackerel. Be sure you are getting wild caught salmon, such as chinook, rather than factory farmed salmon, which are often contaminated with toxins and are fed very unhealthy diets. A 3 ounce serving of wild caught salmon has about 9 grams of fat, 4 grams of which are monounsaturated and 2.5 polyunsaturated. Canned salmon is another good choice and makes an excellent choice for lunch or dinner.
Talk about fat! Just half an avocado has about 15 grams of fat, however, 10 grams of those are monounsaturated and 2 are polyunsaturated. So forget the mayo and try spreading some avocado on your next sandwich, cut up some avocado for your salad, or make an omelet. On the other hand, guacamole is something no one can turn down!
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