For years we were told fats are bad for us. But now we know that’s simply not true. In fact, once banned fatty foods not only aren’t bad for you, researchers are now saying they could even hold the key to halting many of the health issues that plague us as we age.
Help halt the hands of time with these anti-aging fats.
1. Burn away belly bulge:
If you’re battling belly fat join the crowd. As we age we naturally start to put on some extra weight around our middles. They call it the middle-age spread, but while the belly fat often starts building in your 40s, most of us are plagued with the resulting unwelcome spare tire for the rest of our days.
But researchers have revealed a surprising (and downright delicious) way we can fight belly bulge. Yale scientists say when you switch to a diet rich in monounsaturated fats (MUFAs), such as the kind you’ll find in nuts, you can burn away an incredible 33 percent of your belly fat in mere months.1
And according to a study published in the journal Diabetes Care, after you lose the belly fat a MUFA-rich diet can help keep you from packing it back on again.2
Not a fan of nuts? Coconut oil is another great belly gut beating option. The medium chain fats, or triglycerides (MCTs), in coconut oil could help kick start your aging metabolism and decrease your fat storage.3,4
In a study guys taking around two tablespoons of coconut oil a day whittled away over an inch off of their waists in 12 months, without them making a single other change to their diet or exercise routines.
2. Halt hair loss:
If your 40s are nothing but a distant memory, chances are you’ve started to experience some hair loss. Both men and women battle thinning hair as they older. But it turns out what we choose to eat for dinner could make a huge difference.
According to researchers, the healthy omega fats found in salmon, sardines and tuna could help us hold onto our hair, and may even encourage new hair to grow. These healthy polyunsaturated fats (PUFAs) are natural inflammation fighters, and are proven to boost circulation and support healthy cell growth.
In a study published in the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, a supplement of omega fatty acids and antioxidants prevented hair loss, and improved thickness, in a group of women volunteers who were experiencing thinning hair.5 A full 62 percent of the women had thicker hair at the end of the study.
Aim for two servings of wild caught fatty fish a week. Not a fish fan? No problem, consider taking a fish oil supplement instead.
3. Dodge diabetes:
If you’re still eating skim or low fat dairy products stop. While it’s true that full fat dairy is higher in calories, the many good things it does for your health far outweigh any negatives.
In fact, an ever growing stack of studies have found eating dairy foods could prevent you from being diagnosed with one of the most common diseases of aging, diabetes. Researchers say eating three servings of full fat dairy a week could slash your risk of developing diabetes by 46 percent.6
Full fat dairy is naturally more filling and satisfying than foods that have removed the fat. As a result, most folks unconsciously make up for the lost calories in their diets by eating more of other foods. And just as often as not those calories come from added sugars that can lead to weight gain, obesity and type 2 diabetes.
Experts theorize there may be other elements in the full fat dairy that help regulate insulin and glucose too. These fats may improve your body’s ability to break down the sugars in the foods you eat. Or good bugs in the dairy fat may be improving your insulin response.
It’s time to stop demonizing fat and banning foods based on just a single nutrient. Add these anti-aging, healthy fats back into your diet today, and you can help slow down the hands of time.
1.”The effect of the addition of daily fruit and nut bars to diet on weight, and cardiac risk profile, in overweight adults,” Volume 24, Issue 6, December 2011, Pages 543–551
2. “Monounsaturated fat-rich diet prevents central body fat distribution and decreases postprandial adiponectin expression induced by a carbohydrate-rich diet in insulin-resistant subjects,” Diabetes Care. 2007 Jul;30(7):1717-23
3. “Overfeeding with medium-chain triglyceride diet results in diminished deposition of fat,” Am J Clin Nutr. 1983 Jan;37(1):1-4
4. “Twenty-four-hour energy expenditure and urinary catecholamines of humans consuming low-to-moderate amounts of medium-chain triglycerides: a dose-response study in a human respiratory chamber,” Eur J Clin Nutr. 1996 Mar;50(3):152-8
5. “Effect of a nutritional supplement on hair loss in women,” Volume 14, Issue 1, March 2015, Pages 76–82
6. “Circulating Biomarkers of Dairy Fat and Risk of Incident Diabetes Mellitus Among US Men and Women in Two Large Prospective Cohorts,” Circulation, March 28, 2017, Volume 135, Issue 13
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