How can I differentiate between healthy and unhealthy fats?
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How can I differentiate between healthy and unhealthy fats?


Joanne Perez, MS, RDN, LD

Fat can be found in foods from animals and plants and are classified as monounstaurated, polyunsaturated, trans and saturated. Monounstaurated and polyunstaturated fats are considered the healthier fats and should be part of your food plan. Research shows that these types of fat may improve blood cholesterol levels, lower your risk of heart disease and even help with controlling blood sugar levels.

Foods that contain high levels of mono and polyunsaturated fat include olives, avocados, nuts, olive oil, natural peanut butter, sunflower/sesame/pumpkin seeds and fatty fishes (salmon, tuna, trout). Generally, fats found in plant sources will be mono and polyunsaturated.

The fats that you need to be the most concerned about are artifical trans fats usually found in commercially baked goods, packaged snack foods and fried foods. When reading labels, try to stay clear of anything with "partially hydrogenated" is the ingredient list

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