Good and Bad Fats
Befuddled about fats? One often hears about "reducing fat" in your diet as a way to manage weight gain and to become healthier. But the truth is, your body needs some fat in order to function properly. We've put together a few facts to help you learn about the different types of fat and how to choose the right types of fats for good health.
UNSATURATED FATS are the healthiest choice. Eating food high in unsaturated fat, especially in place of foods with a lot of saturated fat, may help lower LDL (bad) cholesterol levels and may lower your risk of heart disease. The two main types of unsaturated fats are:
|SATURATED FAT: Found mainly in foods that come from animals and some plant oils. Some foods high in saturated fat:
To avoid TRANS FATS, read labels closely.
Limit foods that contain HYDROGENATED or PARTIALLY HYDROGENATED OILS, such as the following:
Read "Nutrition Facts" labels as well as the ingredient list for hidden trans fats listed above. Check the following:
- Number of servings in package
- Serving Size
- Total Fat per serving
- MonoUNSATURATED fat = Healthiest choice
- PolyUNSATURATED fat = Healthier choice
- Saturated fat = Less healthy choice
- Trans fat = Worst choice
- TARGET for saturated fat per day: average adult: 20 g (grams)
Source: Susan Blenner, MS, RD, McKay-Dee Hospital, Ogden UT