Does Fat Cause You to Be Fat?

Well, it depends. Today we will discuss Monounsaturated Fats. According to a study that appeared in Diabetes Care, a journal published by the American Diabetes Association, a diet rich in monounsaturated fats (MUFA) may help reduce abdominal fat better than a carbohydrate rich diet. YES, a diet with MUFA’s is a recipe for a healthy heart and a slim body.

Those who eat a diet with more MUFA’s, have a decrease in abdominal fat, even without exercise. But remember too much of a good thing is not always good. While a diet rich in MUFA is healthy, one should remember it should still be a calorie controlled diet. A calorie intake of 1200-1600 calories will help an active person lose weight, However, the USDA recommends an approximate 2,000 calorie a day diet to maintain a healthy weight, depending on age, gender and activity level.

So Monounsaturated Fats: Thats Good, Right?
Research shows that diets with healthy amounts of MUFA’s have a host of amazing health benefits, including:

• Decreased risk for breast cancer.
• Reduced cholesterol levels.
• Lower risk for heart disease and stroke.
• Weight loss.
• Reduced belly fat.

OK, I’m sold. What are some food that are rich in MUFAs?

• Olives and olive oil
• Canola oil
• Nuts and nut oils (peanut, walnut)
• Seeds and seed oils (sesame, flaxseed)
• Grape seed oil
• Soybean oil
• Avocados

So, Besides protecting your heart, decreasing your risk for certain cancer AND helping you maintain a healthy weight, sources of monounsaturated fat taste great! What else could one want!

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