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Everyone I talk to has a different opinion on how much and what kind of fats to eat. Can someone actually give me the real scoop?

Aug 29th, 2010

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Dietary fat is probably what you are referring to and to begin there are four different types of fat -saturated, trans fatty acids, polyunsaturated and monounsaturated. Obviously, some fats are good for you while others can be considered extremely dangerous to your health and should be avoided at all costs. Here is a bit of a breakdown for you:

Saturated Fats - Saturated fats are generally bad for your health and results in an increased cholesterol level and higher risks of heart disease. Animal products, such as meat, cheese and milk all contain varying amounts of saturated fats and should be limited accordingly.

Trans Fatty Acids: Trans fats are absolutely terrible for you – they have NO nutritional benefits whatsoever and should be completely eliminated from your diet. Food products such as shortening, certain margarines, and items containing partially hydrogenated oils contain this culprit and should be avoided when possible.

Monounsaturated Fats: Monounsaturated fats are considered one of the heart healthy fats because it lowers the bad cholesterol and increases the good cholesterol in the body. Monounsaturated fats are found in olive oil, canola oil, olives, nuts and avocados.

Polyunsaturated Fats: Polyunsaturated fats are another good kind of fat that have the same effect on cholesterol that monounsaturated does, but also has been shown to reduce the risk of cardio arrhythmia and sudden death. This fat can be found in oils such as sunflower, corn, and soybean and foods such as corn, nuts, and fish.

Aiming to eat less than 50 grams of fat per day (from healthy sources) is an ample amount to provide vital nutrition as well as help lose excess weight.

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