Did you know that 20% to 35% of your daily calorie intake, must be obtained from fat? It is time to discard the 'all fat is danger' myth and confront the reality! Your body needs healthy fat to grow well. There are different kinds of fat and some are better for you than others. Here are some fatty foods which will help you burn the fats you do not need:
Dark Chocolate (with at least 70% cocoa content or more)
Dark chocolate is one of the friendly foods you can turn to if you are a sweet-craver. A small piece of chocolate has only 30 to 50 calories in comparison to the oodles of calories you may consume through other desserts. It will also not affect your blood sugar level negatively. Moreover, dark chocolate contains antioxidants, which reduce blood pressure and also have many other merits. So, the next time you crave something sweet, make sure you do not pick up milk chocolate or any other chocolate with a cocoa content less than 70%.
Did you know that olives contain a hormone which helps to synthesize fat in your body? Olive oil also contains poly-phenols, which prevent cancer, and fats that fortify the heart. So, what are you waiting for? Switch to olive oil for cooking and watch your Body Mass Index fix itself faster.
Many people stay away from coconut because they believe that it is high in saturated fats. It’s time to get your facts right. Though coconut does have a great amount of saturated fat, most of this comes from Lauric Acid, which fights bacteria and also improves your cholesterol levels. Moreover, certain tests have shown that using coconut oil (2 to 3 tablespoons) daily, actually helps to reduce abdominal fat. You can grind and sprinkle coconut in your curries or use coconut oil while preparing food.
These should be whole eggs, including the yellow yolk. Did you know that the yolk of an egg contains a great quantity of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals? While the white part of the egg is a major source of protein, the yolk constitutes essential fatty acids and fat-soluble vitamins. It would be better to choose free-range eggs (eggs from non-caged hens), as the diet of these hens has more natural ingredients.
Avocados have high amounts of monounsaturated fat along with minerals, antioxidants, vitamins and micro-nutrients. This fruit can be mixed with pepper, onion, garlic and tomato to create a great topping for your sandwich. People who eat avocados tend to be less hungry than others, thus reducing the calorie intake later.
A group of nuts inclusive of pecans, almonds, macadamias, walnuts and pistachios, constitute a high amount of good fat and also other nutrients. They also regulate the hormones which play an important role in burning fat. Eat raw nuts instead of the roasted ones, as the roasting can reduce their nutritional values.