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Good vs. Bad Fats

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Fat gets such a bad rap and with good reason. Not all fats are bad. There are actually good fats and bad fats. And we need the good type everyday. Registered Dietician, Marisa Moore, explains. "Good fats actually help to keep your heart healthy, they keep your blood vessels healthy as well. They help to keep the skin smooth, they provide energy."

You find them in nuts and seeds, avocados, and vegetable oils such as olive oil, canola and peanut oil. "You can also get them from fatty fish like sardines, salmon, mackerel, lake trout."

Eat them in moderation, about 20% to 30% of your daily calories. 

And the bad or saturated fats? We know them all too well. They lurk in foods we love like fried foods, baked goods, cookies and crackers, fatty meat and high fat dairy. Eat less than 10% of your daily calories from these foods and stay clear of anything with 'partially hydrogenated' fats on the label. "When you eat more of the common bad fats, it actually causes your liver to produce more bad cholesterol and over time you end up damaging your blood vessels."

So as you shop, reach for the good fats and let the bad guys stay on the shelf.

Written By Wendy Damonte
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