Monday, August 17, 2015

Eat More Fat !



at more FAT ! Yes .. Fat does NOT make you fat but it is essential for your body to function properly. Fat is one of those essential macronutrients. More specifically, we are talking about essential fatty acids (EFAs). When your body doesn’t get in enough of the nutrients it needs, it will send out hunger signals to tell you to eat until it does get them. Essential fatty acids cannot be manufactured by the body, so they need to be consumed through your diet.
Another reason you need to eat fat to lose fat is because fat slows down the digestion of food. Why is this beneficial? When we eat carbohydrates, they are broken down into glucose and sent into the bloodstream. When this happens, insulin comes in and shuttles that glucose to muscle tissues (or fat if glycogen stores are full). If too much glucose is in the bloodstream at one time, insulin is released in greater amounts preventing the release of fatty acids.
Certain vitamins can only be digested and transported with the help of fats. These fat soluble vitamins include vitamins A, D, E, and K. They are responsible for many body functions, including:
-Vision
-Healthy skin and hair
-The assimilation of calcium
-Blood clotting
What is one amazing and versatile fat ? Avocados !
Avocados contain essential fats that your body needs along with fiber, vitamins and minerals. Being high in mono-saturated fats, they are excellent for cardiovascular health as well as stroke prevention due to the higher folate content. Since they are rich in fiber they keep you feeling full for longer and stabilize your insulin levels. Avocados are also great for reducing your LDL and cholesterol levels.
Eating avocados can also benefit your skin and hair along with slowing down the aging process because of the high content of vitamin E. Since they are also an anti-inflammatory, they are linked to help prevent Alzheimer disease.
There are so many great benefits to add in this essential fat into your diet. When choosing an avocado make sure that you choose some that are already ripe or soft to the touch and some that are firm so they have time to ripen up !!!
Add them to a healthy salad, make it like a dressing or even as a dessert with chocolate !!! The possibilities are endless!

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