While it may seem counterintuitive to eat a high fat food, there are several high fat foods that are great sources of vitamins and minerals and an important part of a healthy diet.
What's important to keep in mind when looking at a high fat food is what type of fat it is. The key is to limit trans and saturated fats and instead, focus on getting monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats. Monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats are the "healthy" fats. They are typically found in plant foods, nuts and fatty fish such as salmon.
So let's take a look at five of these healthy fats:
Eggs have gotten a bad rap throughout the years but the American Heart Association says eating up to two eggs a day is part of a heart healthy diet. Eggs are a good source of polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats. Not only are they an excellent source of protein and vitamin, they also contain the eye friendly antioxidants lutein and zeaxanthin.
An excellent source of monounsaturated fats, almonds are also a great source of fiber, vitamin E and magnesium. A serving of almonds a day has been found to lower risk of cardiovascular disease.
Avocados aren't just for guacamole dip. This creamy fruit is high in monounsaturated fat and is an excellent source of vitamins C and E and offers anti-inflammatory properties as well.
Salmon is a fantastic source of Omega-3s as well as B vitamins, protein, selenium and potassium. Potassium is good for maintaining blood pressure and selenium protects our cells from damage.
All of the varieties of olives are excellent source of monounsaturated fat. Small, but mighty, these little oval delights are packed with fiber and are a great source of iron.
The bottom line is that when you are looking to eat a healthier diet, don't steer away from all fats. Be sure to add any of these healthy fats to your diet, but in moderation. Bon appétit!