The Big FAT Truth

There’s a lot of information out there about fat. Good fat, bad fat, low-fat, and trans fat are buzz words that are frequently thrown around by nutrition experts. What do you need to know about fat that will help you with your surgical weight loss and keep you healthy?

Five Fat Facts

1. You need fat. Our bodies use fat to grow cells and protect our vital organs. Fat is also essential for absorbing vitamins, storing energy, and keeping our bodies warm.

2. Moderation is key. Dietary fat should only make up about 20 to 35 percent of your total calories.

3. There are good fats and bad fats. Good fats include monounsaturated fat, polyunsaturated fat, and omega-3 fatty acids. Bad fats include saturated and trans fats.

4. Good fats can reduce your risk for disease. Unsaturated fats and essential fatty acids can help lower your “bad” cholesterol and improve your cardiovascular health.

5. Reading labels can help you find the bad fats. The FDA requires that food manufacturers disclose the amount of total fat content, including saturated and trans fats. Stay away from products with saturated and trans fats.

A healthy diet will be comprised of mainly good fats and very few bad fats. Good fats can be found in olive oil, safflower oil, seeds, nuts, vegetables oils, salmon, canola oil, flax seeds, and walnuts. Damaging fats are often found in fatty meats, butter, fried foods, full-fat dairy products, and some baked goods.

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