The 411 on Fat

March 2019

While it is a common assumption that fat should be avoided at all costs, dietary fats are an essential nutrient—and an important part of a balanced diet. Not only do fats provide a potent source of energy, they also serve an important role in helping the body absorb nutrients from other foods, like the antioxidants and vitamins found in your favorite veggies.

So instead of avoiding dietary fat, a healthier approach is to focus on the dietary fats most beneficial to the body while avoiding the less healthy ones.

Here’s the 411 on the four types of dietary fats:

While you may have been raised on the idea that fats as a whole are the dietary enemy, new studies show that is not the case. In fact, when the majority of your fat intake comes in monounsaturated and polyunsaturated varieties, fats play an important role in promoting good health.

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