Just a few years ago, we were telling you to avoid fat. But that was then - and now is the year of healthy fats! On his October 21 talk show, Dr. Mehmet Oz had a unique message: Eat more fats.
Dr. Oz introduced his guest, Dr. David Perlmutter, who explained the connection between carbohydrates and Alzheimer's. A neurologist, he recommends a high-fat, low carb diet as the way to go for preventing Alzheimer's and shedding excess pounds. He's created a book detailing his plan: "Grain Brain: The Surprising Truth about Wheat, Carbs, and Sugar--Your Brain's Silent Killers" (click for details).
But are all fats created equal? No, says Dr. Oz. He showcased three guilt-free healthy fats as providing you with the building blocks to a better body. They energize you and satisfy your hunger without expanding your waistline.
The following healthy fats provide you with what Dr. Oz calls "a slew of health benefits," although he emphasizes that you should enjoy them in moderation:
- "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," says Dr. Oz. Our tip: Don't get it mixed up with coconut milk. Try it for sauteeing and look for organic varieties such as Nutiva Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil (click for details).
- Add avocado to sandwiches or dips. They contain monounsaturated fats to help you absorb antioxidants such as lycopene and beta-carotene more effectively. Not sure how best to use these sweet, buttery rich fruits? Then invest in a cookbook such as "Absolutely Avocados" (click for details).
- Olive oil provides you 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." Try making your own oil and vineger salad dressing with Zoe Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil (click for details).