Sugar, gluten, dairy, carbs, or fat—if you've ever been on a diet, chances are you've done a major fridge or pantry purge of at least one of these groups at some point. And while most of us could stand to scale back those late night cookie binges and extra servings of carb-heavy snacks, if your meal plan is begging you to bid farewell to the fats in your diet, it's time to find a new diet.
While conventional wisdom once dictated that the key to losing weight and enjoying better health was cutting any possible fat sources from your meal plan, more recent research suggests the opposite may be true. In fact, according to researchers at the University of California, Davis, a higher fat intake may actually be the key to a longer life.
Of course, there are plenty of bad ways to get fat in your diet — we've never heard a doctor or nutritionist recommend that anyone up their intake of French fries or add more butter to their bread—but there are just as many, if not more, healthy sources of fat that should be regular parts of our diet. Whether you're trying to improve your heart health or lose weight, start by adding the 20 healthiest high-fat foods to your diet. And when you want to curb your appetite for good, discover and ditch these 40 Habits Making You Hungry.