5 Healthy Fats You Should Eat

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1. Avocado

1. Avocado
They contain as much fat as a fast-food double cheeseburger, but it's mostly in the form of good-for-you monounsaturated fat. Adding avocados to your diet can significantly lower unhealthy LDL cholesterol and other blood fats.

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2. Dark Chocolate

2. Dark Chocolate
Who knew? Half the fat in chocolate comes from healthy monounsaturated fats. However, only dark chocolate contains a high concentration of heart-healthy antioxidants, which lower blood pressure and protect the heart in other ways.

Plus: Health Benefits of Dark Chocolate

3. Fish

3. Fish
Seafood is the best source of omega-3 fatty acids, which are probably the best fat of all for your cardiovascular system and all-around health. Two weekly servings of fish (preferably oily varieties like salmon and Atlantic mackerel) can cut the risk of heart attack by up to 36 percent.

Plus: 6 Surprising Super Foods

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4. Olives

4. Olives
Rich in monounsaturated fats, olives and olive oil -- especially the latter -- are cornerstones of the Mediterranean diet, which many studies show protects the heart and appears to fight diabetes. Canola and peanut oils are good choices, too.

Plus: The 12 Best Foods for Your Heart

5. Peanut Butter, Nuts, and Seeds

5. Peanut Butter, Nuts, and Seeds
A daily serving of peanut butter could cut the risk for type 2 diabetes by 21 percent. Meanwhile, studies have shown that munching on nuts every day may lower the threat of heart attack by an incredible 35 percent.

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5 thoughts on “5 Healthy Fats You Should Eat

  1. Are you fracking SEROUS?! *CANOLA* oil is “good” for you?! Wake up and read the latest CREDIBLE research! Canola oil is the fatty equivalent of high-glucose corn syrup!

  2. I pass the test — I eat all of these healthy fat foods every day — not big servings to keep weight in check. Dark chocolate is at least 87% which is what is best. Glad to see this on your site.

  3. Counting the “Best of America” issue as two issues off a subscription is NOT the Best Idea you’ve had. I am objecting….strongly….tomorrow.

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