Good Reasons to Eat More Healthy Fats
Heart disease is a common problem, but millions of people could reduce their risk of heart disease by simply adding more healthy fats to their diet. Studies have shown that in many low and middle income countries, deaths related to the consumption of trans fats are on the rise. In some cases, failing to consume enough omega-6 healthy fats contributes to heart disease, while consuming too much saturated fat increases the risk of death due to heart disease in other countries.
Daily products, cheeses, and meats included saturated fats. Trans fats are found in fried, baked, and processed foods. While some Western countries have implemented helpful policies against the use of trans fats, many other countries across the world continue to use partially hydrogenated, cheap cooking fats.
It’s not only important to reduce the amount of unhealthy fats you’re eating, you also need to make sure you’re eating more healthy fats. Here’s a look at three important reasons you need more healthy fats in your diet.
Reason #1 – Reduce Your Risk of Heart Disease
Unsaturated fats are heart healthy, and you’ll find them in various nuts, such as pistachios, cashews, macadamias, pecans, and almonds. Olives and avocados are also great sources of healthy fats. These foods contain important polyphenols that help reduce heart disease, and the omega-3 fatty acids found in salmon, flaxseed, and walnuts are also known to help improve heart health.
Reason #2 – Lower Levels of Bad Cholesterol
Most people associate fats with levels of high cholesterol, but eating healthy fats can lower levels of bad cholesterol and help boost levels of good cholesterol. Polyunsaturated oils and monounsaturated oils may help to lower your levels of bad cholesterol.
Reason #3 – Control Your Weight
Last, eating healthy fats can help you keep your weight under control as well. Healthy fats make you feel full, which can reduce problems with overeating. Keep hunger under control by eating more healthy fats. Add nuts or avocados to salads to control hunger. Consider adding a bit of olive oil to meals to make them more filling. However, remember that size does matter when consuming fats, so keep portion sizes under control.
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