My wife bought me an excellent book last Christmas called The Men’s Health Big Book of Exercises. One of the chapters at the back is called ‘The Big Chapter of Nutrition Secrets’ and I came across this interesting article about fatty foods you can eat guilt-free. It’s true of other nutrients, the fat you eat shouldn’t come from candy bars or cake. Instead, it should come from natural, whole food. It’s also important to remember that calories still count so with that in mind, here are 4 foods you can eat as long as the portions are reasonable.
1. Whole milk
You’ve probably been told to always drink reduced-fat milk? The majority of scientific research shows that drinking whole milk actually improves cholesterol levels, just as much as drinking skimmed milk. Scientists at the University of Texas also found that drinking whole milk after lifting weights boosted muscle protein synthesis, an indicator of muscle growth by 2.8 times more than skimmed milk. So choose milk based on your taste preference. A lower-fat option may save you a few calories, but you shouldn’t consider it a necessity if your total calories are in check.
Eating a basket of bread covered in butter isn’t healthy and many nutritionalists object to the number of calories that butter adds to a meal. The reality is that one pat actually contains just 36 calories and research shows the fat in butter improves your body’s ability to absorb fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E and K. Butter is also great for cooking, especially compared to vegetable oils. According to Canadian researchers, that’s because under high heat, polyunsaturated fats are more susceptible to oxidation, an effect that may contribute to heart disease.
3. Meat with flavour
We’re talking about meat like beef (rib eye), poultry (dark meat) and pork (ham and bacon). The fat may add calories, but it also triggers your body to produce CCK. A satiety hormone that helps you feel full for longer and that can reduce your calorie intake at subsequent meals.
In a recent scientific review of dozens of studies. Wake Forest University found no connection between egg consumption and heart disease. More and more research suggests the nutrients in egg yolk are beneficial to your health. Saint Louis University found that people who had eggs as part of their breakfast ate fewer calories the rest of the day than those who ate bagels instead. Even though both breakfasts contained the same number of calories, the egg eaters consumed 264 fewer calories for the entire day.
Don’t feel guilty, feel healthy,