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Getting the skinny on the fat.
Although it has gotten a bad reputation for causing weight gain, some fat is needed to perform essential human tasks.1 This includes providing energy, absorbing certain vitamins and improving brain function.2 That’s why it’s important to understand the difference between the types of fats and how they can affect your body.
Saturated fats, or solid fats, come mainly from animal sources. While some saturated fat is needed for physiological functions, our bodies naturally produce enough so there is no real dietary need for them.3 Consuming less than 10% of calories from saturated fats has been associated with lower risk of cardiovascular disease.4
Most unsaturated fats, such as oils, are liquid at room temperature. This includes olive oil, canola oil and peanut oil. While all fats provide the same amount of calories per gram,5 replacing saturated fats with unsaturated fats can have a positive effect on your cardiovascular health.6
Contrary to popular belief, the type of fat consumed is often more important than the total amount.* That’s why it’s so important to eat and cook with the right kinds of fat. Choosing options that are made up of more unsaturated fats over saturated fats can have a positive impact on your health.*
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