Inspired by my post on the four best sources of lean protein, I decided to do a write-up on what some of the best sources of GOOD fats are as well (rest assured, we will soon have a post on the best sources of carbohydrates). These are the fats that are OKAY for you to munch on in moderation, of course.
Fats have gotten both good and bad raps in the past. Most blog posts will tell you the latter (fats have gotten all the bad rap), but lately I have seen that it has been the former (fats have gotten quite a bit of good rap). Good for fats!
Now, one of my goals, other than identifying specific foods, for this specific post is to help you understand something very clearly:
These fats get a good rap, but that does NOT mean you may eat as much of them as you please! A calorie is a calorie and even good fats add up. In fact, 1 gram of fat equates to approximately 9 calories versus only 4 calories per 1 gram with both protein and carbohydrates.
Keep that in mind! Here is the list in no particular order:
2) Egg yolks.
3) Wild-caught salmon.
5) Coconut oil. (my favorite brand below):
6) Extra virgin olive oil.
7) Fish oil supplement. (check out this #1 best seller from Amazon):
9) Chia seeds.
I have little the enthusiasm or patience to dive deeply into the list at this time...especially since there is so much information on the web about the best sources of fat: and many times, they say similar things.
However, I will strongly relay that the ten foods I listed above contain some of the best profiles of fatty-acids of any food sources available. The Omega 3-6-9 ratio on these foods (I realize fish oil is a supplement and not a food), are typically excellent and help your body deal with everyday stresses and strain on the the nervous system and adrenal glands.
Want healthier skin, lubricated joints, more energy, better sleep, improved hormone production, and etc? The list goes on and on for the case to eat some of these sources of good fats.
Again, don't go overboard on these foods and keep an eye on your total daily caloric intake. In other words, just because avocado tops my list of the best sources of fats found in foods, does not mean I would recommend going about your business in the world whilst eating 20 whole avocados every day...1 full avocado is 200+ calories, and 4000+ calories is still 4000+ calories...even if the fats are healthy!
Now it's your turn to chime in: what are your thoughts on the top sources of "good" fats? Sources can either be from whole foods, supplements, or anywhere you can conjour up to add to the list. Thanks!