Learning to choose healthy fats for a healthy diet is Step #1 of our 10 Steps to Sexy Diet.
Fat isn’t a four-letter word. We need fat. Your sex life could suffer without it, so don’t avoid fats. (Studies show that a diet too low in fat can decrease levels of testosterone.)
But you have to eat the right kinds of fats.
How do you choose healthy fats?
Here are two key tips to get you on the right track when it comes to fat:
- Avoid fats that were created in a lab (like those trans fats, also known as trans-fatty acids, so prevalent in processed foods)
- Try to limit saturated fats
The benefits of healthy fats
You might have heard fats referred to in terms of “good” and “bad” fats. The “bad” fats are the ones that fall into one of the two categories above. They are linked with an increased risk of heart disease and other health problems that will negatively impact your sex life.
The “good” fats, on the other hand, are linked with regulating mood and improving mental acuity.
The right fats can help elevate your HDL, also called your good cholesterol. The right kind of fats, like polyunsaturated fats, can reduce your risk of heart disease and even help promote good blood flow. (Without good blood flow, sexual orgasm is an impossibility.) Omega 3 fatty acids are linked not only with the prevention of cardiovascular disease but also with the treatment for mood disorders.
What are foods with good fats?
So now that we’ve sold you on the idea that you need some fat in your diet, you’re probably wondering what are some examples of natural foods with good fats?
Natural foods including lean meats, fish and poultry will give you the fats you need to boost brain power, improve mood, fight fatigue and control weight.
Don’t avoid fats in these healthy foods:
- Lean meats
- Fatty fish, including wild salmon, mackerel, sardines, lake trout and albacore tuna
- Chia seeds
- Avocado, including cooking with avocado oil
- Dark Chocolate
Healthy fats for vegans
There are plenty of opportunities to choose the best healthy fats no matter your diet preference. Even those who follow a vegan diet have great options for the kinds of fats that keep you super sexy.
Besides the chia seeds, nuts and avocados listed above, vegans can get healthy fats from whole foods like cacao nibs, olive oil, seed butters and soy beans.
And, of course, we can all add the aphrodisiac of dark chocolate to your diet.
Not only is chocolate one of the world’s most seductive foods but dark chocolate, (chocolates that have 65% or more cacao content), contain a high percentage of healthy fats as well as fiber, antioxidants and magnesium. In fact, dark chocolate makes our list of the 10 Best Foods for Women.
Choose your dinner wisely and that romantic meal for two won’t have to end at the restaurant.
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