Can saturated fat actually slow aging, did you know that three foods known for their high ratio of saturated fats can also improve your heart health and reverse aging? It’s true…
But most people out there still seem to have the fear that too much fat in their diet is always a bad thing. That’s because of all of the fat-free and low-fat propaganda of the 80's and 90's…
They falsely demonized all forms of fat and convinced us that it was bad. It was so convincing that people…even doctors STILL think that it’s true.
Well…nothing could be further from the truth! As a certified health nut, personal trainer and nutritional company owner I’ve been around some of the smartest scientists, coaches and athletes in the world…
And I pay very close attention. I also watch as well intentioned men and women make simple yet misinformed food choices every day. Like choosing egg whites instead of whole eggs…
See, what most people don’t know is that it's the so-called “fatty” yolks that contain almost all of the anti-aging benefits, heart-health benefits, and 90% of the majority of the antioxidants and vitamins.
And if that weren’t enough…
Eggs have been shown to raise your GOOD cholesterol! I also see people at the grocery stores and natural food markets choosing the low fat and fat free versions of so many foods.
What they don’t realize is that these versions often contain more sugar and a LOT more carbs. Which is NOT healthy. Because it can lead to issues with blood sugar and insulin resulting in accelerated aging and weight gain.
Whereas, healthy fats can actually slow down the aging process and stabilize blood sugar, keep your weight down, hormones balanced and your energy up.
In fact, it’s virtually impossible to control your cravings, balance blood sugar and SLOW down the aging of your organs, skin and joints without healthy fats. And just to be clear, I am not talking about the sort of healthy fats you’re always hearing about.
Things like nuts and seeds, avocados, fish and olive oil. Those are all fantastic examples of healthy fats and ARE loaded with lots of nutrition that can help you live longer, healthier and stay slender.
I’d also like to share THREE additional “fatty” foods with you that a lot of people mistakenly label as bad or unhealthy.
Simply because of their ratio of saturated fats… What people don’t realize is that these fats have been shown in clinical studies to actually protect our body from aging, they boost our heart health and help us to stay lean. The first of which is… Grass-fed (pasture-raised) butter & cream. Surprised?
See, delicious smooth and rich butter…real butter of course not that dangerous margarine stuff…is actually really good for you. And despite it’s bad reputation, it DOES NOT interfere with your ability to get or stay lean.
But you won’t see that on TV or read about it in most health magazines… And it’s really unfortunate…because there is tons of evidence that REAL grass fed butter can help slow down the aging process and help you keep your weight under control for a couple of reasons.
First of all grass-fed butter has high levels of a healthy fat known as CLA. Studies have shown that CLA has anti-cancer properties and helps you burn abdominal fat and build lean muscle.
Second grass-fed butter has the perfect balance of heart healthy omega-3s and their counterpart omega-6s. This type of ratio keeps inflammation low, helps to balance your hormones and slows the aging process, while helping you stay lean.
Third, the healthy fats found in grass-fed butter contain MCTs which is a type of fat that helps with immune function and easily utilized by your body for energy.
Finally the healthy fats in grass-fed butter also help to satisfy your appetite and control blood sugar levels, both of which keeps you lean.
If you’re not sure where to find grass-fed butter one brand that I know most grocery stores carry is called Kerrygold Irish butter.
Also one quick note…
For people who are typically sensitive to dairy usually tolerate butter and cream. That’s because the intolerance is usually because of the lactose or the casein and butter or cream has only traces of either.
Another option is fermented dairy like kefir and plain yogurt. Here the lactose has been predigested by microbes. That brings us to the next healthy fat…
Healthy fat number two… Super Dark Chocolate, which means it’s at least 72% cacao. Now, you may have heard that dark chocolate is good for you.
And that’s because it is… In fact, dark chocolate can actually be a VERY healthy food. It can even help you lose weight, especially if you are cursed with an overactive sweet tooth.
That’s because just a square or two of dark chocolate can often curb your cravings and keep your sweet tooth satisfied for only 30 or 40 calories versus 500 or more for a typical dessert.
Plus, some quality dark chocolates in the mid 70% cacao range or higher often contain high amounts of fiber. Which offsets the total carb count. Dark chocolate is also relatively low in sugar.
Which is important because eating a quality dark chocolate won’t greatly affect your blood sugar. And if that wasn’t enough, dark chocolate is full of heart healthy antioxidants.
One study found that eating as little as 6.7 grams of chocolate per day has a protective effect on your heart. Additional studies show that dark chocolate is good for digestion due to the influence it has on the ratio of good and bad bacteria.
Bottom line…you CAN enjoy small to moderate amounts of dark chocolate daily…it’s not only delicious but it can help you stay lean and it fights the aging process.
With that…let’s hop to our last healthy fat source… Coconut oil, coconut meat, coconut flour, and coconut milk.
Both coconut milk and coconut oil are great sources of an extremely healthy type of saturated fat called medium chain triglycerides or MCTs. They also contain something called lauric acid, a powerful nutrient that boosts your immune system.
MCTs are also quickly and efficiently used for energy by your body which means they are much less likely to be stored as fat.
Coconut oil is also great for your skin both inside and out. There’s evidence that coconut oil also enhances thyroid function and has neuroprotective benefits…meaning that it helps keep your brain healthy.
And coconut oil has been shown to help you burn off belly fat. Besides consuming coconut oil and coconut milk you can also use coconut flour when you bake.
Coconut flour is super high in fiber, it’s high in protein compared to most flowers AND it’s gluten free. However, there are some challenges to baking with it, for example coconut flour sucks up a lot of moisture so it will typically need to be mixed with other types of flour.
A good choice is almond flour and quinoa flour in equal parts, you’ll also want to add slightly more liquid ingredients than the recipe calls for.
So there you have it…
Three healthy fats you’ll definitely want to add to your diet. I promise you’ll be glad you did. Be Sure to Like Our Channel and Click the Bell so you don’t miss any of our future FIT SQUAD videos.
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