The new year brings a fresh and clean start to our lives. It’s a time to press the reset button and start things new — and for most of us that means starting with a new diet. With the new year come many resolutions to become fit, healthy, and eat more foods that are good for you, but that doesn’t mean cutting out all fatty foods.
Foods contain several different kinds of fat — and some are better for you than others. Some fats even help promote good health. Harmful fats are saturated and trans fats, which are often found in butter and animal fat. These kinds of fats are to be avoided as they increase your risk of cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes. But monounsaturated fat and polyunsaturated fat are the good kinds of fat, which are found in plant-based foods and oils. These fats can help improve cholesterol levels and reduce the risk of heart disease. One type of fat, omega-3 fatty acids, are especially beneficial for heart health.
We’ve rounded up a few of our favorite foods that contain healthy fats. Making these healthy food choices can help you keep your resolution of becoming a stronger and healthier person. Swapping out a few unhealthy foods for these replacements can jump-start your new diet and make 2014 a healthy and happy year.
Special thanks to Joanna Fantozzi for contributing to this article.
Emily Jacobs is the Recipe editor at The Daily Meal. Follow her on Twitter @EmilyRecipes.