Fats Can Actually Lower Your Heart Disease Risk

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Here’s something that you might not have known! Fats can actually lower your risk of heart disease! Healthy fats that is. 

Yes, there is such thing as healthy fats and they can help you live longer and healthier.


How does it work?

Incorporating healthy fats into your daily diet can help lower LDL, the “bad” cholesterol, and raise HDL, the “good” cholesterol. In addition to giving your heart some much-needed assistance, healthy fats contribute to other areas of your body’s health.


  • Inhibits inflammation, which helps explain a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD)
  • Often comes from food sources rich in polyphenols, a group of natural antioxidants that may help increase longevity
  • Help improve health markers related to diabetes, including those related to CVD risk



Olive oil and avocados, in particular, are rich, healthy sources of Oleic acid that have been shown to promote a number of positive health effects. Notably, Oleic acid is renown for its favorable effects on blood cholesterol markers. 


Some good food sources, rich in Oleic acid, include:

Animal: Beef, butter, poultry, eggs, human breastmilk, almonds, and hazelnuts (Filberts)

Vegetable oils: Olive

Fruit: Avocados


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