1. CORN OIL Corn Oil is a good source of healthy polyunsaturated fat. And since polyunsaturated fat’s claim to fame is helping to cut cholesterol, that earns Corn Oil a prime place on the list.
2. SUNFLOWER OIL High in monounsaturated fat, it lowers your risk of heart disease. It also provides nutrients to keep cells healthy.
3. BEANS (I Love Beans!) Beans are full of fiber – that much we know, right? Studies show that fiber rich foods help lower your heart attack risk. Now I love them even more!
4. CORN Corn contains folate, a B vitamin that reduces damage to blood vessels. Awesome! I honestly never knew that corn – which I love so much – actually had any nutrional or health value. Live and learn…then boil some ears of corn.
5. PEANUT BUTTER Another favorite – I am SO loving this list! The protein in peanut butter keeps you feeling full, so you don’t overeat. “Naturally”, this helps keep your weight in check.
6. OLIVE OIL Olive Oil is an excellent source of good monounsaturated fats, which help lower bad LDL cholesterol and raise good HDL cholesterol.
7. ALMONDS Almonds help cut cholesterol by teaming monounsaturated fats and vitamin E.
8. ORANGES This aromatic and delicious fruit is an excellent source of immune-boosting vitamin C. It helps keep you healthy all over.
9. APPLE The fiber in apples offers the same benefits as the fiber in beans. You do your waistline a favor by eating apples as well.
10. AVOCADO YUM! The basis for one of the greatest dips in the world (Guacamole), contains monounsaturated fat and potassium. The one-two punch helps to regulate blood pressure.
I’m looking over this list and thinking what an amazingly delicious and healthy tossed salad you could make. Served up with Peanut butter on crackers (or celery), and you have a lunch that’s filling, yummy, and extremely healthy.
Your heart will love you for it.
The information comes from the one magazine I never miss an issue of – no matter what: Prevention. If the monounsaturated fats, LDL, good fats vs. bad fats war of words confuses you a little bit (it certainly did me!), look for the September issue of Prevention. Your Library may carry the magazine’s back issues – if they do, load up!
Better yet, visit the website, Prevention.com – you’ll find a gazillion and three things that’ll make you healthier, stronger, and happier. The articles are second to none and include plenty of tips on aging gracefully. There are lots of great recipes, exercises, and nutrition advice. You’ll be encouraged, motivated, and educated, by information that could add years to your life and life to your years.
(That’s alarmingly similar to the “I’m going to Starbucks” speech I make each day. At least the last sentence.)