According to WebMD, fat is "necessary for maintaining healthy skin, and it plays a central role in promoting proper eyesight and brain development in babies and children." It also states that it contributes to heart disease, clogged arteries and stroke risk as well as an increase to our bulge. That sounded dirty. Let's instead say increase to your waistline. So which is linked to what?
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Saturated fat and trans fats are considered bad fats and unsaturated fats are considered good.
Saturated and trans fats are the bad fats and should be avoided if trying to stick to a healthy diet. They contribute to weight gain, clogged arteries and are linked to breast cancer among others.
Saturated fats are found in the following:
junk foods and fun snacks like cookies and potato chips
Unsaturated fats are the good fats and should be the type of fat that is prevalent in your diet. Unsaturated fats consist of monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fat that that help reduce the risk of clogged arteries.
Unsaturated fat is found in the following:
Olive and Canola Oil
Avocado (Which is almost without fail where people say "it's good fat" when eating Guacamole)
Polyunsaturated Fat is found in the following:
Tub Margarine* (Which partially answers why I almost always use "fake" butter when I cook)
*Seafood and some "fake butters" contain Omega-3 that is responsible for childrens' brain and eyesight development and heart healthy for all. Omega-3 fats are linked to lower levels of fat and reduced risk of clots that block the flow of blood to the heart and brain according to WebMD as well.
Of note: Just because a fat is considered a good fat doesn't mean it is unfattening...eating these foods, while healthier, is not necessarily a dieting tool or trick.