Western scientists made a very strange observation about 50 years ago, in studying native Inuit and Intuit peoples (who are commonly called “Eskimos” – but they hate that, and they have spears).
See, these people are renowned for eating extremely fatty creatures such as killer whales and seals. A killer whale can have hundreds of pounds of pure fat in it – and they gobble it down like it’ll spoil (most likely because it will). And yet, these same people had very low blood pressure, and their blood work was startlingly low on the cholesterol front.
How exactly does a people who gobble down lard have low cholesterol, and tons of “good” fats? Well, it’s a combination of monounsaturated fats and Omega-3 fatty acids. You can research them in more depth later on, but for now, let’s focus on some foods that have TONS of fat… but will make you into a lean, mean machine.
1. Stuff that swims. This does not pertain to the people at your local public pool. However, nearly any kind of sea food is going to have ample amounts of omega-3 fatty acids, which are the best kind of fat known to mankind. Scarf down some tuna, crab, or salmon, and imagine your doctor nodding approvingly at your healthy choices.
2. Peanut butter. Good old PB has the unique distinction that it is the only food known to have partially hydrogenated oil, but not trans fat (which is VERY bad). It does, however, have ample amounts of monounsaturated fats, which are great for your heart, and for that matter every other muscle you’ve got.
3. Avocados. The avocado is our best little green friend, as it is absolutely packed with nutrients, including monounsaturated fats. It also contains a bunch of vitamins and minerals, and is the perfect excuse to learn a good guacamole recipe.
4. Nuts! Every kind of nut (which is the seed of a life) has monounsaturated fat in spades. In addition, nuts are excellent sources of omega-3s, which just adds that much more reason to grab some lightly seasoned almonds (which are the best, health-wise). Even cashews are a step in the right direction.
5. Ashitaba. This is a rare plant from Japan that most people don’t know about. This is tragic, however, as ashitaba has more omega-3s than any other thing found on land. So if you do not live near a body of water, and want an inexpensive way to get the omega-3 health benefits, grow some ashitaba! It’s not too difficult, and it grows like crazy – pluck a leaf, and another will grow to take its place tomorrow.