07 Dec A Healthy and Happy Retirement
Remember when we used to think that dietary fat was bad? We believed that “fat makes you fat”, but now we know that obesity is more complex than just overeating a single nutrient. With the holidays fast approaching, we are always talking about food and moderation. But what about everyday eating? Today we are going to take a look at how good fats can benefit your health, especially as we move into our older years. Fat can help fight inflammation, assist with weight control and protect against heart disease, diabetes and cognitive decline.
Here are four great fat-rich foods:
Almonds: A one ounce serving of almonds, about ¼ cup, has six grams of protein, 13 grams of good monounsaturated fat, and is a source of fiber, vitamin E and magnesium. Almonds are a perfect snack, especially when you eat them in place of chips or candy bars.
Avocado: In addition to being high in fiber and monounsaturated fat, avocados also contain lutein, a plant pigment that provides their greenish yellow hue. Lutein in an avocado can positively affect cognition in older adults.
Olive oil: This liquid gold should be a staple in most kitchens! It is filled with monosaturated fats, and it is recommended for heart health. It has also been linked to fighting inflammation, assisting with better cholesterol and blood pressure levels and helping with weight maintenance. Olive oil helps your body absorb the fat soluble vitamins and antioxidants in vegetables.
Chia seeds: About 65 percent of the fat in chia seeds is an omega-3 fat called alpha linolenic acid (ALA). It’s an essential fat that we need to get from food because the body cannot make it. Chia is the highest food source of omega-3 fat. ALA may protect the brain against strokes, and is associated with a reduced risk of heart disease. Chia seeds can help reduce blood pressure, control appetite and regulate blood sugar.
Spectacular Homes is not only your retirement home builder in Tulsa, but we want you to have a healthy and happy retirement. Your health and well-being is the most important part of your retirement plan. Tulsa retirement living can be achieved through a healthy lifestyle and we want to promote that. Our retirement communities in Tulsa are one of a kind and we’d love to show you around!