5 Feared Foods That Aren’t That Bad (2/5)

Have you always thought of these foods as bad for your health? As it turns out, they may not be so bad for you after all. Find out which foods are safer than you may have thought.

2. Fat

2. Fat

The human body was designed to love fatty foods in part because of the needs of the brain. We should choose the “good” kinds of fats, skipping the dangerous ones and adding plenty of brain-healthy ones. The brain is made mostly of fat. Fat forms the membranes around cells and also insulates the bundles of nerve fibers that act as high-speed communication cables in the brain. It shouldn’t be too shocking, then, to learn that fat is the single most important nutrient for protecting and preserving brain function. Eating a low-fat or, worse, a no-fat diet is actually the worst thing you can do for your brain. What the brain craves most are the omega-3 fats. They turn on the genes that determine how the brain develops, repair and preserve brain cells, enable the cells to deliver signals efficiently, and may even facilitate the growth of new cells. Studies show that without enough omega-3s, the brain can’t function properly. Over time, lack of omega-3s may even contribute to the development of Alzheimer’s disease. Unfortunately, most people don’t eat nearly enough of these good fats.

First   «   . . .   2   . . .   »   Last

More From Reader’s Digest

  • 8 Ways to Escape the Trans Fat Trap8 Ways to Escape the Trans Fat Trap Reducing your dietary intake of trans fat is essential for improving your health. Keep your heart happy and healthy by substituting these healthier choices next time you're out shopping for food. Posted in Healthy Food
  • 5 Foods to Control Migraines5 Foods to Control Migraines Just about anything can cause a migraine, including weather changes, strong odours, stress, loss of sleep, fluctuations in estrogen levels, and certain foods and drinks. Avoiding the foods […] Posted in Healthy Food
  • Food-Borne FoesFood-Borne Foes Is eating that rare steak worth the risk? Meet six of the leading culprits behind contaminated food, where they trhive, and how they can be avoided. Posted in Healthy Food
  • The Benefits of Low-Fat MilkThe Benefits of Low-Fat Milk Find out why low-fat milk is loaded with health benefits. Posted in Healthy Food
  • Fat Facts and FallaciesFat Facts and Fallacies Fat is a dietary evil—or so you probably think. The food industry has exploited this belief in order to sell low-fat and fat-free versions of just about every food product under the […] Posted in Healthy Food
  • 4 Healthy Foods to Boost Your Brainpower4 Healthy Foods to Boost Your Brainpower Does your mind feel foggy? Are you having trouble staying focused? Don't worry, the physicians of the hit TV show The Doctors are here to reveal the best brain foods. Posted in Healthy Food