Zee Media Bureau/Udita Madan
New Delhi: Fats are a major source of energy and make up a huge part of our daily diets. They are essential for bodily functions like absorption of certain vitamins and minerals, building of cell membranes and sheaths surrounding nerves.
Besides these functions, fats also aid in blood clotting, muscle movement and prevent inflammation. However, we try making a conscious effort to reduce our fat intake each time.
When it comes to healthy eating, our first move is to eliminate all foods from our diet that contain the smallest amount of fat. After all, you've heard so much about how excess fat intake causes heart disease risks, obesity and huge number of health related issues!
But did you know, that according to most health experts, this is the wrong route to take?
All you need to change is the type of food you eat which differs in the type of fat they contain and there are ways to do that!
How would you like it if we tell you that there are certain foods that are loaded with fats but will actually help you lose weight? It sounds like a dream come true, doesn't it?
Below, we have compiled a list of ten such fat-rich foods that will actually help you reduce a few inches!
Check them out!
These nuts are rich in calories, however, due to their unsaturated fat and protein content, they are recommended by doctors to consume on a daily basis. They are full of healthy fats and help prevent cancer and minimize the risk of heart disease.
Somehow, they make it to all healthy foods list. But did you know that they are also a source of fat, that is 75% fat content? However, this piece of information shouldn't be a reason for you to start avoiding them. Avocados contain oleic acid which has many health benefits and is known to be a fat burning food.
Surprised to see this item make this list? You can't deny it brought a smile to your face, though! We are, however, talking about dark chocolate here. Dark chocolate is also a rich source of fiber, iron, magnesium, copper and manganese, which boosts skin health and helps in improving brain functions, while also reducing blood pressure. It should be consumed in moderation, though.
Another item that you didn't expect on this list, we suppose, however, considering that cheese is full of all the same nutrients that you receive from milk, it is a good idea to include it in your diet. The amount of proteins, calcium, vitamin B12 and selenium and of course, fat should keep you convinced.
Salmon, tuna, trout and sardines not only satisfy your taste buds to the fullest, but are also a rich source of vitamin A, omega-3 fat, proteins and essential nutrients, which pack a mean punch when it comes to health.
6. Olive oil:
Whether it's extra, virgin or plain olive oil, all three are the best substitutes for ghee and butter. Rich in vitamin E and K, olive oil prevents inflammation, improves cardiovascular health and lowers the risk of heart diseases. It has a high content of monosaturated fat and that is the main reason for it being considered healthy.
7. Peanut butter:
Again, a product made of nuts, it contains healthy fat and can be eaten whenever you wish, although in moderation.
8. Whole eggs:
Eggs are the healthiest you can go if you're concerned about your weight. Eggs are always ridiculed for its high fat content and cholesterol, however, it does not affect the cholesterol in blood and are filled with nutrition, vitamins and minerals. They are, in fact, great for those who want to lose weight and/or trying to build muscles.
Coconuts and coconut oil have suddenly made an appearance over the past couple of years as a miracle worler for health. Be it skin, hair, teeth, heart, it seems there is nothing coconuts can't do. Coconut consists of about 85 percent of saturated fatty acid and also lower the risk of any heart ailments.
They are also known as linseed and have an earthy, nutty flavour. Rich in micronutrients, dietary fiber, vitamin B1, and essential omega-3 fatty acids, they help maintain good heart health and are a powerhouse of energy.