The Truth about Fats


When it comes to fats in our diet there is a lot of conflicting information out there. Is all fat bad for you? What’s a good fat? And how much fat should you be getting in your diet?

Here we’ll take a look at fats and give some suggestions on what foods to avoid and those you can indulge in.

Healthy vegetables

Saturated Fats

Saturated fats are typically known as the unhealthy fats. Too much saturated fat in your diet causes a rise in LDL cholesterol (bad cholesterol), which increases the risk of heart disease. The American Heart Association recommends only 5-6% of your daily calories come from saturated fat. This is about 13 grams based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

Foods with Saturated Fats

Saturated fats are typically solids at room temperature and are found in:

Foods with saturated fats

Tips for Limiting Saturated Fats

Monounsaturated and Polyunsaturated Fats

Monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats are considered healthy fats. These fats may help reduce cholesterol and lead to better overall heart health.

Foods with Monounsaturated and Polyunsaturated Fats

These healthy fats are found in a variety of foods including:

Tips for Eating More Healthy Fats



Avocados are a superfood. Not only are they packed with monounsaturated fats, but they also contain beneficial nutrients like folate, vitamins E, C, and B6, potassium, soluble fiber and antioxidants.

Tips for Enjoying this Tasty Superfood

Remember, the best way to keep your heart and body happy is by eating a healthy, balanced diet that emphasizes fruits and vegetables, whole grains, low-fat dairy products, poultry, fish and nuts.

Happy eating!