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Good Fats to Eat Every Day

Oils, nuts, seeds and other healthy fats, known for their powerful anti-inflammatory properties, get a prominent place in the Mediterranean diet.

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Olives and Olive Oil

Choose extra-virgin olive oil for your salad, as a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America reveals that the nitro fatty acids released when leafy greens meet olive oil are what help make the Mediterranean diet so healthy. A 2015 study adds to the bountiful research on the benefits of olives, showing that a compound in extra-virgin olive oil called oleocanthal kills cancer cells. We like to use this ingredient as often as possible in medium to low-heat cooking.

See also Best Cooking Oils for Healthy Fat.

Almonds

Nuts such as almonds “have a beneficial impact on many cardiovascular risk factors,” thanks in part to their high content of the amino acid L-arginine and antioxidant content, reports Nutrients.

See also Light Almond Pesto Pasta.

Walnuts

Researchers from UCLA found you can improve your memory by snacking on just a handful of walnuts (about ½ ounce a day) – the only nut that’s a significant source of the fatty acid alpha-linolenic acid (ALA).

See also Walnut-Crusted Shrimp with Roasted Red Pepper Dip.

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Avocados

Eating avocados, rich in monounsaturated fatty acids, is associated with a better overall diet, nutrient intake and lower risk for metabolic syndrome, reports Nutrition Journal.

See also Avocado Lime Dressing.