The Skinny on Fat

Confused about fats? What makes fat “good” or “bad?” Where can we find these fats? Why do need them in the first place? Fat is essential to health and supports many bodily functions. But not all fats are created equal when it comes to health. “Good” fats include monounsaturated and polyunsaturated. These fats may reduce LDL (bad) cholesterol, lower triglycerides and reduce heart disease risk. They can be found in plant-based oils and foods such as avocados, nuts and fish. “Bad” fats, meanwhile, can increase bad cholesterol and lower good cholesterol. Experts recommend consuming these fats in moderation. The infographic below provides the skinny on fats.

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