Should you eat fat? Yes! But eat the right kind…
You want to eat the “good fats” – monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats. These foods may help lower the risk of heart disease, lower bad cholesterol and raise good cholesterol, lower blood pressure, and prevent lethal heart rhythms:
- Fatty fish and fish oil – packed with Omega-3s
- Avocado – also contains potassium and fiber
- Nuts – watch your serving size, about a handful
- Seeds – pumpkin, sunflower, and sesame
- Flaxseed – sprinkle it on meals or use it while cooking
- Oils – cook with olive, safflower, canola, and sunflower oils; when adding to recipes, try a substitute like applesauce for part of the oil
- Cheese – also provides calcium and protein
- Peanut Butter – source of protein as well
- Eggs – the great egg-debate… should you or shouldn’t you? Yes, you should! The American Heart Association now recommends one per day.
- Beans – black, kidney, white
- Dark Chocolate – pick one with cacao over 70%; also loaded with antioxidants
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