The 3 A’s to Satisfy Fat Cravings

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Let’s face it, we like fatty foods: butter, cream, deep fried potato chips. Though we’ve been told the dangers of having too much fat in our diet, many of us find it difficult to avoid our favorite fatty substance. Why?

Fat is actually an important part of our entire diet makeup. Fats also make us feel full, but the types of fats we eat can make the difference between a healthy amount of fat and an amount leading to high cholesterol and other health problems.

For those struggling with this, here are three A’s that satisfy cravings and promote good health.

Avocado
This green fruit is full of health benefits. According to an article from WebMD, avocados contain 15 grams of healthy unsaturated fat with only two grams of saturated fat. They are also a good source of fiber, potassium, and vitamins C, K, folate, and B6. The high levels of folate in avocados may help prevent the on-set of heart disease and reduces the risk of strokes. Avocados are also a high-alkaline food, meaning they lower the acidic levels in the body, which has also been shown to improve health as part of an alkaline diet. Chop up this delicious fruit is salads and sandwiches and enjoy the added nutritional benefits.

Almonds
Almonds make a quick, portable snack and can quickly add a high amount of protein to a salad or meal. According to an article for the scientific journal, Metabolism, almonds can reduce cholesterol levels and reduce the risk of coronary heart disease. The study also found eating almonds may help type 2 diabetics to control their blood glucose levels. On top of their unsaturated fats and high protein content, almonds also provide a good amount of calcium, important to preventing osteoporosis, and Vitamin E, an antioxidant that has been shown to prevent cancer.

Atlantic Mackerel
Fish has long been espoused for its health benefits. A study published in 2010 in the Archives of Neurology found that those who regularly ate fish in their diet were 38 percent less likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease over the next four years. Mackerel, specifically, contains Vitamin A, Vitamin D, Vitamin K, Vitamin B12, Vitamin C and Folate. Mackerel also contains omega-3 fatty acids, the fats that are essential to your nutrition because the body can’t produce them on its own. Grill or bake up some fish two to three times a week to enjoy the rich nutritional benefits.

 This is a guest post.  Christina Sanders writes for several blogs nationwide. For more information about the alkaline diet please visit www.proalkaline.com.

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