Heart Myth or Fact #12: I shouldn’t stay away from all fats

FACT

Contrary to popular belief, you do need some fat in your diet. Recommendations from the American Heart Association split fats into “good” and “bad”.

“Good” fats are Unsaturated fats which come mostly from plant or vegetable sources. Some common examples are olive oil, flaxseed oil, and fish oil.

“Bad” fats are Saturated and Trans fats. These fats are bad for your heart. Saturated fats mainly come from animal sources such as meat and full-fat dairy products. Trans fats are manufactured.

Incorporating “good” fats into your diet (ex: cooking with olive oil, sprinkling flaxseed on cereal) and limiting/avoiding “bad” fats will help keep your diet balanced.

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Sherman Health has provided medical care to Northern IL since 1888, and is currently home to a network of over 600 physicians. The Sherman blogs are edited by me, Luke. Questions? Comments? Links? Email address is luke at shermanhealth dot com.
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