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Not all Fats are Bad

Not all Fats are Bad

Q)  Growing up I was always told that I need to eat fat free foods in order to lose weight.  However, now I am hearing some fats are good for you and the body needs them.  I’m confused with what fats I should eat.
 
A)  Not all fats are created equal.  Monounsaturated fats and polyunsaturated fats are good, both types are thought to have beneficial effects to fight disease.  Examples of these good fats:  Walnuts, flaxseed, olive oil and fish, Omega 3 (fish oil) Omega 6 is ok but in limited quantity (mayonnaise, vegetable oil).  Saturated fats are known as the “bad fats”, these should be limited as much as possible. Examples of saturated fats:  animal meats, butter, chocolate and many prepared foods. Trans fats are found in “junk food.” Foods that commonly contain trans fat include most margarine, fried foods and commercially-baked goods. Always remember to eat in moderation and know you CAN have too much of a good thing. Good fats are good for you, in reasonable portions.