Well the very first, and most obvious, answer to this is because life is for the living and a life without fat isn’t a great way to live. Now, when we talk about fat we obviously don’t mean swinging by our local MaccyDs. No no. What we mean is those healthy, joyous fats that are full of wonderful nutrients – and yes, we are referring to foods such as that ever so trendy buzzword “avocado.”
Take for example the average avocado vs a milk chocolate bar. Half an avocado has 160 calories and 15 grams of fat, whilst the average milk chocolate bar has 200 calories and 13.5 grams of fat. Now, whilst that may seem eerily similar, the fats are utterly different. The majority of an avocado’s fat content is made up of monosaturated fat content, or what dieticians refer to as ‘good fats’, whilst the chocolate bar has a far higher saturated fat content. To break it down, the fat from a Kit Kat is likely to be stored, whilst the fat from an avocado is going to be used as fuel – important, necessary fuel that can help you become fitter and healthier.
Avocados and their brethren, which include:
- Almonds/sunflower seeds/olives/extra virgin olive oil (all of these seeds and nuts are extremely high in vitamin E, which is a powerful antioxidant that protects our skin cells from damage)
- Fatty fish (i.e salmon)
- Brazil nuts (Brazil nuts contain high doses of selenium acid which helps repair cell damage and slow down the skin’s aging process.)
- Whole eggs
- Dark chocolate
All of these tasty and nutritious foods contain essential fatty acids that are required to maintain a healthy body and healthy skin. Full of omega-3 and omega-6 that play a vital part in firming up your skin’s natural protective barrier as well as helping cells retain water and vital nutrients, whilst flushing out cell waste and fats. Omega 3 also slows down the aging process by restoring moisture to dry skin. And if that wasn’t enough, it also helps to heal and reduce inflammation underneath the skin’s surface, which helps to reduce cases of acne. All of which can give your skin that longed for glowing look.
For those patients who are unsure about whether or not they need more fatty acids in their diet, some of the tell-tale signs include:
- Dry skin
- Unusually early signs of aging
- A slower healing process
- Increased susceptibility to infections
- Problems with your teeth and bones
- Vision problems