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Healthy fatty foods. Sounds like an oxymoron, doesn't it? But the fact is some fatty foods may actually be good for you.
Don't take it from us. Instead, follow the guidance of Louise Cavanough, a nutritionist who has debunked some eating myths over at Buro 247 and outlined certain foods that have been notoriously mistreated by health-conscious diners.
Cavanough affirms that eating healthy does not mean cutting out all fats, instead she says that the best diet is one that does not exclude anything.
Some of these fatty foods don't enjoy a good reputation because they are mass produced and contain additives and preservatives, which makes them enemy number one.
However, if prepared from scratch or purchased from ethical producers these fatty foods may be good for you. Let's take a look:
Peanut butter is packed with protein and minerals, but the pre-packaged version contains hydrogenated fats and other no-nos like added sugar.
Instead, purchase natural peanut butter (be sure to read the label) or make it yourself by either grinding it at the store or following this recipe from Show Me the Curry:
Gelatin is made from the collagen found in the connective tissue of animal bones. Cavanough reminds us that collagen is packed with amino acids that promote strong hair, healthy nails and beautiful skin. So eat more jello!
Potatoes get a bad rep from the low carb crowd, but the fact is they are loaded with nutrients like potassium, which can help prevent leg cramps. Sweet potatoes pack the most nutrition and provide good fuel for a workout.
Animal fats, i.e. saturated fats, are considered the devil because they are linked to high cholesterol. However, ethically produced high-quality duck fat is rich in monounsaturated fats. It can be used in place of butter in countless preparations.
Chocolate is a proven mood lifter and contributes to a healthy heart. But not just any chocolate will do: consume dark chocolate (at least 70% cacao) to reap the benefits.
Yes, lard. According to Cavanough, lard is a versatile fat that can be used to bake or sauté vegetables. But not all lard is created equal.
In Italy, for instance, you'll find lardo, a type of artisan lard cured with salt and mixed herbs. It its highly aromatic and makes a great substitute for butter when placed over warm bread.
Then there is the ethical aspect of consuming lard – no part of the animal goes to waste.