Despite the systemic demonization of it in the 1990s, fat is back and has rightfully secured its place in any healthy diet. While all fats are certainly not created equal, "healthy" fats are essential for weight management, metabolic function, and even graceful aging. But in addition to the obvious healthy fats found in avocados, olive oil, and salmon, dietitians and nutritionists are getting behind some saturated fats as a staple in any healthy diet.
"Whole, unprocessed foods containing high amounts [of saturated fat] can actually improve cholesterol quality, cognitive function, and metabolism," writes Women's Health. "It's not just the fat itself that's good for you, though—naturally fatty whole foods tend to be loaded with other health-promoting nutrients like vitamin K2 and choline that are hard to find elsewhere." The women's magazine recently reached out to various health professionals about their favorite high-fat foods; read their responses below.
"Nutritionally, butter is actually a much healthier fat than most people realize, especially if it comes from grass-fed cows. The dairy fat from pastured cows contains higher levels of fat-soluble vitamins, particularly vitamin K2, which helps your body utilize calcium appropriately."
"Skip the egg-white omelet and embrace the yolks. This is another highly misunderstood fat-rich food that's an incredible source of vitamin A, choline, B vitamins, and selenium. Egg yolks from pastured chickens contain higher levels of vitamin D and carotenoids."
"High-quality bacon is chock-full of a very important nutrient called choline, which has been shown to help fight off the effects of Alzheimer's disease. … Bacon also delivers a good dose of B vitamins, along with zinc. These nutrients aid in the production of serotonin."
Head over to Women's Health for more nutritionist-recommended fats, and share your favorite high-fat meal below!