I think the anti-fat propaganda is dead and almost everyone now understands that dietary fat does not necessarily make you fat. In fact, it is absolutely imperative to get enough healthy fats in your diet to keep your hormones balanced, keep blood sugar under control, and so on. Here are six examples of “fatty” foods that can actually help you get slim …
1. Dark Chocolate (at least 72% cocoa or higher)
This is certainly not a secret, but yes, dark chocolate (NOT milk chocolate) can be a very healthy food, even if it is technically dense in calories.
However, I maintain that dark chocolate can actually HELP you to burn fatter if you’re the kind of person who has a tendency to like to eat a lot of desserts. In this case, only 1 or 2 small squares of dark chocolate can satisfy many times your sweet tooth for only 30 or 40 calories from 500 calories for a piece of chocolate cake or a piece of the pie.
In addition, some dark chocolate brands with 70% cocoa or higher, can have a relatively high ratio of fibre (I saw that some brands have 5 grams of fibre to 15 grams of carbohydrate per serving) and a content relatively low in sugar relative to the number of healthy fats. In fact, it is one of the “stuff” that I use to choose a good quality chocolate … I look a total fat than carbohydrates (or approximately the same number of grams of each).
The importance of this fact is that it means that many dark chocolates will not greatly affect your blood sugar and have a relatively low response to your blood sugar compared to other “goodies”.
In addition, dark chocolate is also very rich in healthy antioxidants, including a powerful compound called theobromine, which has been shown to help lower blood pressure and other benefits. The fat content in a good dark chocolate must come only from healthy natural fat from the cocoa butter and no any other added fats. All chocolate with added fats or other additives is not generally as healthy.
The reason I say to choose dark chocolate with at least 72% cocoa is that the higher the% cocoa and the less the% sugar is. However, this means that whatever chocolate containing 80% cocoa, they usually have a more bitter and very little sweetness. If you like this kind of taste, plus the% cocoa is high and better. Otherwise, a good dark chocolate 75% is, in my opinion, an almost perfect combination of a slightly sweet rich taste of chocolate. Remember to keep small daily amounts of chocolate because it is dense in calories!
You can also reap the benefits of antioxidants and fibre without all the calories by using the organic unsweetened cocoa powder in smoothies and other recipes.
2. The milk, flour, and coconut oil
Milk and coconut oil are great sources of a very healthy type of saturated fat called medium chain triglycerides (MCT), including a component called lauric acid which is a powerful nutrient for your immune system and lacks in most Western diets. In addition, the MCTs are easily used by the body as energy and less likely to be stored as body fat compared with other types of fats.
With milk and coconut oil as healthy fat choices, we also have to cook coconut flour as a healthier option to the flour. Coconut flour is a flour alternative extremely high in fibre (almost all carbohydrates in the flour and fibres are not of starch!). Coconut flour is also VERY rich in protein compared to most meals, it is also gluten-free!
Beware if you are going to use the coconut flour for baking, it is IMPERATIVE to mix with other flours enormously because it absorbs moisture … I made delicious pastries with nut meal coconut mixed with almond flour and quinoa flour in equal shares by adding a little more liquid ingredients to the original recipe.
3. The butter Bio
Yes, the rich and delicious sweet BUTTER (real butter, margarine NOT!) … It’s delicious and contains lots of good nutritional factors for health, it is NOT required to be avoided to be thin. In fact, I eat some organic hazelnut butter each day maintaining a low body fat levels throughout the year.
There is a lot of confusion about it … in fact, I just saw a TV show today that talked unhealthy foods and one of the first things they showed was butter. This shows that the majority of the population has no idea that the butter (Bio only!) Can actually be a healthy part of your diet.
4. The whole eggs, including the yolk (not just egg whites)
Most people know that eggs are a source of high-quality protein. However, most of them do not know those egg yolks are the healthiest part of the egg … that’s where almost all the vitamins, minerals and antioxidants (such as lutein).
In fact, egg yolks contain more than 90% of calcium, iron, phosphorus, zinc, thiamine, folic acid, vitamin B6 and B12, the pantothenic acid of the egg. Furthermore, the yolks contain all fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E and K, as well as all the essential fatty acids. Furthermore, whole egg protein is more bioavailable than the only egg whites due to an amino acid profile more balanced than yellow help build.
Just be sure to choose organic free-range eggs instead of normal supermarket eggs. Similar to the same scenario as for beef Bio, the nutrient content of eggs and the balance between omega-3 fatty acids and inflammatory omega-6 fatty acids (excess) is controlled by the diet of chickens.
The chickens that are allowed to roam free with a more natural diet will give you healthier and richer in nutrients eggs with a healthier balance in fat compared to other types of supermarket egg (which come from hens fed only soy and corn and herded into “egg factories” all day).
If you want more details on the eggs, here’s an article that details the reasons why more egg yolks are BEST for you than egg whites.
5. The bison or beef Organic (NOT the typical supermarket beef!)
I know most people think that red meat is unhealthy, but that’s because they do not understand how the health of the animal affects how meat can be healthy or not for consumption. Keep this in mind – “an unhealthy animal provides unhealthy meat, but a healthy animal provides healthy meat.”
Beef or bison typical that you see in the supermarket is high with cereals, mainly maize (and to a certain extent, soybeans). Soy and corn are not the natural diet of cattle and thus change the chemical balance of fats and other nutrients from meat. Beef and bison are generally too high in omega-6 and too low in omega-3. Furthermore, the fact that the cattle have as main corn and soybean feed disrupts their digestive system and makes patients … and also increases the amount of hazardous e-Coli in meat. This is not the case with the organic meat cattle raised outdoors.
steaks part against the cattle fed on the grass with a natural diet has much higher levels of good omega-3 fats for health and lower levels of inflammatory omega-6 (as most people already eat too much) compared to the high grain cattle.
The organic meats also typically contain up to 3 times more vitamin E than cattle grain-fed meat.
Also, meat from healthy cattle or bison also contains a fat special sound called conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) in higher levels much MORE than grain-fed meat. CLA has been shown in scientific studies in recent years as helping to burn fat and build muscle (which can help you lose weight!). These benefits are among the best reasons that make organic meats are the best qualities of protein that you can possibly eat …
The organic meats are a little harder to find, but just ask your butcher or find a speciality grocery store, they usually have available cuts.
6. Nuts: Walnuts, almonds, pistachios, pecans, Brazil nuts, macadamia nuts, etc.
Yes, it is still a source of “fatty foods” that can actually help you burn your belly fat! Although nuts generally contain between 75-90% of total calories from fat, that’s a different kind of food that contains all the healthy fats with high levels of micronutrients such as vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Nuts are also a good source of fibre and protein, which of course, you know, help control blood sugar and may help with fat loss.
Nuts also help maintain good levels of hormone-burning fat in your body (adequate intake of healthy fats is vitally important for hormonal balance) as well as helping to control appetite and cravings so you eat fewer calories overall, even if you eat a high-fat food. My favourite healthy nuts are pecans, pistachios, almonds, macadamia nuts and walnuts, eating a variety of ways you are helping to expand the contribution of different types of vitamins, minerals, but also the balance monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fatty acids.
Try to find raw nuts instead of roasted nuts if you can because they help to maintain the quality and nutritional content of healthy fats you eat.
Also, try to broaden your horizons beyond the typical peanut butter that most people eat, and try almond butter, cashew butter, butter pecan or walnut butter macadamia to add variety to your diet.
A small “stuff” that I used with customers trying to reduce their body fat was to get them to eat a handful of nuts like almonds or pecans about 20 minutes before lunch and dinner. It was the perfect time to control their appetite and help them eat less overall calories during the meal.
I hope you enjoyed this look at some of the “fat” food fat burners among the healthiest you can possibly eat. I could list a ton more, but I wanted to give you some of my favourites at the moment. Be well!