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All About Fat: The Good and the Bad

Posted on: October 4, 2012

“Fat” isn’t always a bad word. There are certain fats that are actually good for your diet.

All fats are not equal. In fact, there are several types of fats that may actually be good for your diet in addition to the other types that should be avoided. Before cutting all fats out of your diet, take the time to learn about the different kinds of fats that are in the foods you love, and which ones you should continue to eat!

There are four types of fats that you should consider.

1. Mono-unsaturated fats. This is one of the “good” fats. You can find this source of fat in olive oil, nuts and canola oil.

2. Poly-unsaturated fats. This is another “good” fat and it can only be found in two sources, omega-6 and omega-3. Omega-6 fats can be found in vegetable oils and most American’s get plenty in their diets, but omega-3 fats are found largely in seafood, such as salmon and tuna, and also in flaxseed and walnuts.

3. Saturated fats. These types of fats are okay in moderation and are often found across America on common dinner plates, such as red meats like steak and fatty meats like salami. This type of fat is also found in butter and cream. The high prominence of saturated fats means that it is very easy to eat too much of it, so it is important that you moderate its presence in your diet.

4. Trans fat. Trans fat is the one fat that should be avoided at all costs. This fat does not have a natural appearance, but instead is a result of the preservation process that many packaged foods go through to help them last longer on the shelves of your local grocery store. Before buying any pre-packaged foods, take a brief minute and read over the nutrition label to ensure that there are no trans fats in your desired treat.

Remember, Mercy Weight Management is here to help you achieve your weight loss goals. For more information about Mercy Weight Management programs, call 330-588-4854.

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