Believe it or not, all three foods are extremely high in saturated fats, but new research suggests that they actually improve cardiovascular health and fight the aging process.
Most people still have a “thing” about fat. They still think that eating fat will make them fat, give them heart disease and raise their cholesterol.
But none of that is true.
And as someone who is constantly discussing nutrition, science and living a healthy lifestyle…I observe people every day who still carry with them “outdated” eating habits.
Things like only eating egg whites instead of the nutritious yolks.
Egg yolks are full of healthy fat and they contain virtually all of the anti-aging benefits, heart-health benefits, and 90% of the valuable antioxidants and vitamins/minerals contained in eggs.
Barely any nutrition at all.
Plus, egg yolks have been shown to raise your GOOD cholesterol, which in turn improves the ratio between good and bad cholesterol.
In addition, I routinely see people purchasing “low-fat”, “reduced-fat” and “fat-free” versions of a variety of foods at the grocery store.
Yet, most if not all of these so-called “healthier” options contain a lot more carbs and sugar.
And this can lead to accelerated aging.
By increasing the amount of what are known as Advanced Glycation End Products (AGEs) that your body produces.
AGEs speed up the aging process AND can damage your organs, your joints and cause premature wrinkling of the skin.
These AGEs come from the abnormally high blood sugar produced by the extra carbs and sugars inside of these “low-fat” foods.
On the other hand, it’s the FATS that people have been avoiding for years that can actually SLOW down the aging process by keeping blood sugar levels stable.
Truth is, fats are essential for good health. And when you get plenty of healthy fat it keeps your blood sugar in check, your hormones balanced, cravings under control and SLOWS down the aging process.
Once again, I am not talking about the typical “healthy” fats like olive oil, avocados and walnuts.
Sure, these are great examples of healthy fats you should definitely consume…
I have THREE others in mind.
Three other “fatty” foods that most people mistakenly avoid because they’ve been led to believe that they’re unhealthy.
Because, they contain “saturated fat”.
However, these foods have actually been shown in multiple studies to protect your body from a variety of diseases, minimize the effects of aging and help you lose weight.
So, what are they?
1. Grass-fed (pasture-raised) butter
It’s true, luxurious, tasty, creamy BUTTER (I’m talking real butter, NOT margarine or other fake butter spreads) is good for you!
Real butter contains tons of healthy nutrition and as you know on keto you DON’T have to avoid it. In fact, I eat butter every day. I also use real grass-fed cream and ghee.
Regardless, there is a TON of confusion over this topic. And the fact that there are so many “alternatives” out there is a bit confusing.
My guess is that when all of the anti-fat rhetoric was happening companies quickly created alternatives to butter and even though the science no longer supports it, these “alternatives” are now extremely popular.
But the truth is grass-fed butter is SUPER healthy.
For one, grass-fed butter has high levels of a healthy fat known as CLA. This fat has been shown in numerous studies to actually fight cancer and it also burns belly fat while helping you build lean muscle.
Grass-fed butter also has the perfect balance of omega-3 to omega-6 fatty acids (that’s not true for grain-fed butter). And Omega-3’s help reduce inflammation. They also help balance key hormones which in turn can slow the aging process.
Another benefit is that the healthy fats you find in grass-fed butter also contain MCT’s, much like those found in coconut oil. These fats help with energy and ketone production, boost your immune system and help control blood sugar levels while keeping you from feeling hungry.
If your grocery store doesn’t carry grass-fed butter, most health-oriented supermarkets do.
Next up we have…
2. Dark Chocolate (72% cacao content or higher)
The fact that dark chocolate is good for you is probably less of a surprise than butter. Yet, some people still shy away from it.
The truth is dark chocolate (not milk chocolate) offers a variety of health benefits.
Research suggests that dark chocolate may actually help you burn even more body fat. Especially if you’re the kind of person who has a difficult time saying no to dessert or has a massive sweet tooth.
Just, 1 or 2 small squares of dark chocolate can often satisfy even the most wicked cravings. And it’s surprisingly low in calories when compared to traditional sweets or desserts.
Plus, there are a variety of high cacao containing dark chocolate brands that contain relatively high amounts of fiber. For example, I’ve seen brands that contain 15 grams of carbs and as much as 7 grams of fiber yielding a net carb content of 8 grams.
In addition, you’ll want to choose a dark chocolate brand that has more total fat than total carbs or about the same amount per serving.
The reason why that’s important is because a high-quality dark chocolate will not have a huge impact on blood sugar, which in turn won’t spike your insulin or cause a crash later on.
Dark chocolate also happens to be very high in antioxidants, which has a variety of antiaging benefits.
And one study published in the journal of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology found that eating just 6.7 grams of dark chocolate per day can protect your heart. And several other studies show that it can benefit your digestive system too.
The reason you’re going to want to choose dark chocolate with at least 72% cacao is that the higher the cacao content the lower the sugar content.
Just keep in mind that when you start getting into anything over 80% cacao the taste will be a bit more on the bitter side. If you like that, then the high cacao % the better.
For most people 75% is about right and gives the best combination of flavor and health benefits.
Finally, we have…
3. Coconut (oil, meat, flour and milk)
Coconut and all of its derivatives are great sources of one of the healthiest fats around. A saturated fat called medium chain triglycerides (MCTs).
MCTs are quickly used by your body for energy and much less likely to be stored as fat when compared to other fats.
Among its many benefits, coconut oil helps your skin both internally and externally. It has also been shown to improve thyroid function and it even provides brain health benefits.
There are also a variety of studiesthat show that coconut oil helps burn off belly fat more efficiently.
In addition, coconut flour is a healthy alternative to traditional flours. And it contains an extremely high amount of fiber making it very low in net carbs.
Plus, coconut flour is VERY high in protein and its gluten free!
Just keep in mind that when baking with coconut flour, it’s necessary to mix it with other flours. That’s because it sucks up a lot of moisture. A good flour to combine it with is almond flour and you’ll need to add more liquid in the recipe than is typically called for.
So, there you have it…
Three fats that can actually SLOW down aging.
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I found a way for you to combine all three of these healthy fats into some of the most delicious recipes you’ve ever tasted…
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