3 Guilt-Free Healthy Fats

Fats don't have to be all bad. There are plenty of heart-healthy fats that won’t cause harm and still pack meals with flavor.

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The misconception that all fats are bad drives people to try out fat-free diets, which can increase the risk of vitamin deficiencies. The fats you want to avoid are trans fats, partially hydrogenated fats and saturated fats, which cause spikes in cholesterol.

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Thinking of cutting carbs out of your diet? Don't fill the void with mountains of butter. You may be surprised to find that certain healthy fats can keep you energized and satisfied for longer without adding to your waistline. These three foods are full of good fats that can provide a slew of health benefits. Though they are caloric, a small amount can keep your body happy for a long time, so enjoy them in moderation, guilt-free. 

Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
Olive oil is packed with monounsaturated fatty acids, which may lower the risk of heart disease by lowering bad cholesterol. These healthy fats may also help control insulin and blood-sugar levels, so are a great choice for diabetics. Learn more about olives here.

Avocado
Avocado can be a tasty and satisfying addition to a sandwich, salad, quesadilla, or as a dip. The monounsaturated fats in avocado may help you absorb antioxidants such as lycopene and beta-carotene more effectively. Learn more about avocados here.

Coconut Oil
Coconut oil contains a special kind of fat called medium chain triglycerides, which may help regulate metabolism. One study even suggests that coconut oil may help reduce abdominal fat. Learn more about coconut oil here.