3. Longer Life
The Mediterranean diet, rich in plant foods and olive oil, is linked to long life. Consuming healthy fats in addition to fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and whole grains may contribute to a long and healthy life. The Food Network has a tasty recipe for Artichokes Provencal that contains artichokes, onion, garlic, olive oil, tomatoes, and lemon zest. Another Food Network recipe for a Mediterranean-style meal containing healthy fats is Salmon with Warm Tomato-Olive Salad.
2. Improved Metabolism
According to Fat For Weight Loss, avoiding dietary fats can deprive you of the energy needed to burn off fat. Therefore, indulging in the healthy fats found in foods such as avocado or nuts can provide you with the energy you need to metabolize fats. Of course, it is always possible to have too much of a good thing. Aim for one ounce of nuts each day. If you don’t have a scale on hand, that equates to about a handful of nuts. The Cleveland Clinic reports about 24 almonds, 18 cashews, 35 peanuts, or 15 pecan halves make up one ounce.
1. Delicious Flavor
One of the most instantly gratifying benefits of healthy fats is the flavor they add to foods. Sprinkling a dash of olive oil on your vegetables before roasting them imparts delicious flavor. Including oils such as canola, grapeseed, or safflower oil in salad dressing makes your leafy green salad even tastier. Corn-on-the-cob is delicious, but brush it with olive oil and the savory flavor intensifies. Plain whole wheat toast may make a nutritious breakfast. However, when you top it with smashed avocado and a sunny side egg, the flavor profile can’t be beaten.