There are some great, non-aesthetic reasons for all those avocado toast pics online. Some of us may remember the whole non-fat movement came to the States in the 70s to curb health risks and metabolic syndrome. The intentions may have been good, but the movement ill advised. It simply did not work. Despite the “low-fat” label on seemingly every item in the grocery store, obesity continued to rise and more sugar was added to foods to make them palatable. Current research shows that sugars pose more dangerous risks to our waistlines than fats ever have.
Turns out people need fat, but not just any fat. We need healthy fats, or essential fatty acids. Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids have been buzzwords over the past few years, but for good reason. An insufficiency of these fatty acids in the human body leads to a wide variety of unpleasant health problems.
If a healthier body was not encouragement enough for you to get in your healthy fats, maybe radiant skin will convince you. Essential fatty acids actually nourish our skin and help keep it supple, hydrated, and plump. They are also connected with aiding in acne inflammation, reducing sun sensitivity, and helping with psoriasis.
To nurture your body and skin, here is a list of some of your best bets for getting healthy fats in your diet daily. (Bonus: they are all vegan!)
- Olive oil/Coconut oil
- Chia seeds
- Dark leafy greens
- Dark Chocolate
Nuts are full of essential fatty acids that promote skin health
Of course, while all these foods have long lists of health benefits beyond their essential fatty acids, they need to be eaten in wise moderation – even if we would all like an excuse to go to town on nuts dipped in dark chocolate! When you’re consuming fats in a well-balanced manner, your healthy body and radiant, youthful skin will thank you.
Essential fatty acids applied topically can have benefits as well.