admin - March 6, 2014
Trying to eat healthier this year? Instead of focusing on cutting out all of the fats from your diet, try to incorporate fats that have health benefits. Nutrition experts say that up to 35% of the calories consumed in a day come from good fats.
To get you started on the right track, here are the categories of healthy fats, and the best natural sources to find them. To take the next step in disease prevention, schedule a health screening to assess disease risk factors.
These types of fats help lower LDL cholesterol, boost HDL cholesterol, and can help lower your risk of heart attack and stroke. Monounsaturated fats also help provide nutrients to help develop and maintain your body’s cells. They are typically high in vitamin E, which is an antioxidant that many of us need more of.
Where can you find it? Try eating avocados, olives, almonds, hazelnuts, pecans, peanut butter and olive oil.
Omega-6 Fatty Acids
This type of fat is a polyunsaturated fat which helps to control total and LDL cholesterol helping to reduce the risk of heart disease. Omega-6 fatty acids also help brain function, maintain bone health and regulate metabolism.
The best sources to find omega-6 fatty acids are from sunflower and pumpkin seeds, walnuts, soybean and corn oil.
Omega-3 Fatty Acids
Omega-3 fatty acids are essential fatty acids that are needed for the body to function normally. They also help to protect against irregular heart rhythms and reduce inflammation throughout the body including blood vessels and joints.
While many companies manufacture omega-3 pills, you can find it naturally in flaxseeds, chia seeds, walnuts, canola oil and in fish like herring, salmon, sardines, lake trout, and albacore tuna.
Important for Heart Health
These fats, when used in the proper moderation, have heart healthy benefits that work within your body to prevent disease. We offer heart disease screenings that include tests for high cholesterol, which is a major risk factor. Take preventive measures with your health by implementing a healthy nutrition plan and schedule a screening with us online today.