You are probably asking yourself… “What the heck is a MUFA?” We’ll break them down for you and explain why it can be extremely beneficial to your health to incorporate a MUFA into each and every meal.
MUFA stands for monounsaturated fatty acid meaning healthy, plant based fats (the “good” kinds of fats) that are found in some of your favorite foods including nuts and seeds, oils, olives, avocado and last but certainly not least… dark chocolate!
Not only are MUFAs super tasty, they are also packed with major health benefits. MUFAs enhance satiety, meaning they will fill you up fast and keep you feeling fuller, longer. They also boost heart health, protect against diseases such as diabetes, cancer, and hypertension, keep your skin looking vibrant, and target stubborn belly fat!
It’s easy to incorporate MUFAs into your meals. Use healthy oils for cooking, add avocado to your sandwich or salad, snack on nuts and seeds in between meals, and treat yourself with a little bit of dark chocolate.
We have all heard about the benefits of drinking wine… a lowered risk of heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, Alzheimers,colon cancer and much much more… but a glass a day for glowing skin? I’ll drink to that. Wine, particularly red, is chock-full of antioxidants in the form of polyphenols which help to soak up and flush out damaging free radicals. Flavonoids actually help protect the skin from sun damage while resveratrol provides numerous anti-aging benefits. Research at Harvard has proven resveratrol’s role in increasing production of SIRT1 which in turn speeds up cells’ energy production. This improves circulation and aids in skin repair and regeneration. Wine has also been proven to reduce stress, which is linked to a number of skin conditions included acne, rosacea, and psoriasis.
Not a fan of wine? Not to worry. There are a number of antioxidant rich foods including dark chocolate, pomegranate, blueberries, and cherries. It seems that grape juice would be a healthy alternative, however, it is stripped of the skin and seeds (these are the parts of the grape that contain these wonderful, anti-aging properties). It’s also full of sugar! 8 oz of wine contains 1 gram of sugar while 8 oz of grape juice contains 38 grams. Sugar can be very detrimental to your skin for a number of reasons (stay tuned for our upcoming post on sugar… the good, the bad, and the ugly).
Remember, there is such thing as too much of a good thing. The American Heart Association recommends one to two four ounce glasses of wine a day. More than this may have the opposite effect on your health and appearance.