Healthy Fats: Peanut, Coconut And Cocoa Butter

CoconutWe all know by now that removing all fats from our diets is not healthy.

What we actually need to do is replace bad fats with good ones.

I’ve already mentioned avocadoes, nuts, fat fish and vegetable oils as perfect foods containing good fats.

Here are a few more tips about fats which you do not need to avoid:

Peanut Butter

If you thought peanut butter is bad for you, think again. Studies show that eating peanut butter five times a week is good for the heart. That’s because it lowers “bad” cholesterol, as well as the triglyceride number, leading to an improved cardiovascular system.

Nevertheless, take into consideration that this positive effect takes place only when peanut butter is eaten in small servings, meaning 1 tablespoon per day. At the same time, look at the label of the product you’re buying, to see if the amount of salt and sugar is not too high. This would certainly counteract the positive effects of peanut butter. consumption.

Coconut Butter

Lowering heart attack risk is one of the positive effects of coconut butter, too. Coconut oil is also rich in lauric acid, which fights against some types of microbes and bacteria; as such, lauric acid has been proven to have positive effects in the treatment of acne.

However, don’t mistake coconut oil and related products with palm oil. It was found that the latter is just as harmful for our health as regular saturated oils.

Cocoa Butter

Cocoa butter has been also known to lower cholesterol. Chocolate rich in cocoa butter makes you happy, due to its high endorphin and serotonin levels. At the same time, it is a great antioxidant which protects your heart and circulatory system from harm.

But what makes cocoa butter really famous is its effect on skin. However, it’s been scientifically proven that cosmetic treatments involving cocoa butter do not protect pregnant women from developing stretch marks.

Nevertheless, products containing cocoa butter do have positive effects for your skin, such as hydration, protection from UV and blood flow improvement.

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