It may seem counterintuitive that eating fat can be good for you – after all, record numbers of Aussies are living with obesity – but not all fats are created equal. In fact, consuming the right kinds of fats can have a host of benefits for your health. Here are 5 reasons we love healthy fats.
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They make you feel fuller for longer
One of the main benefits of healthy fats is that they can help you feel more satiated after a meal. This is because fats take longer to digest than carbohydrates or protein, which means they can help slow down the digestion process and keep you feeling fuller for longer. This can be especially beneficial for those trying to lose weight or maintain a healthy weight. Fats also help regulate appetite hormones, helping you stay satisfied and reducing those sugar cravings.
They're good for your brain
Your brain is made up of nearly 60% fat, which means it needs a steady supply of healthy fats to function properly. Omega-3 fatty acids, in particular, have been shown to have a range of cognitive benefits, including improving memory and concentration and reducing the risk of depression and anxiety.
They can improve heart health
Healthy fats can help reduce your risk of heart disease by lowering bad cholesterol levels and increasing good cholesterol levels. Monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats, in particular, have been shown to have a positive impact on heart health.
They can reduce inflammation
Chronic inflammation is linked to a range of health problems, including arthritis, type 2 diabetes, and heart disease. Consuming healthy fats, such as those found in nuts, seeds and fatty fish, can help reduce inflammation in the body and improve overall health.
They're essential for nutrient absorption
Many important vitamins, such as vitamins A, D, E, and K, are fat-soluble, which means they need to be consumed with fat in order to be properly absorbed by the body. By getting a good dose healthy fats to your diet, you can help ensure that you're getting the most nutritional value out of the foods you eat. So, low-fat isn’t all it’s cracked up to be!
So, where can you get these healthy fats? You’ll find them in a number of foods like eggs, coconuts, avocado, olive oil, nuts and yoghurt.
It’s also worth knowing what to avoid! Trans fats are found in fried foods and ultra-processed baked goods, and they can cause troubles for heart, gut and brain health. Refined vegetable oils can also cause trouble for our bodies, especially when heated as they release toxins that affect our health.
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