It seems you can’t open a newspaper or turn on the television without being bombarded with another story about fats. Whether it’s the trans fat ban or the saturated fat shakedown, news about fats is everywhere. That may be why, the premier electronic health news network, shared my fact-filled article on fats. It’s difficult to know what to eat – and what to avoid – without knowing the basic fat facts.

Fats, proteins and carbohydrates make up the three primary macronutrients. Fats provide calories to fuel our body, help keep our skin and brain functioning at their best and transport fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E and K. You can’t live without them, or fat.

Fats to eat
When it comes to choosing fats, be mindful. Choose the right fat for the job. Olive oil is a mainly unsaturated fat which is good for your heart, but it breaks down at high temperatures. Use it to dress a salad or dip your bread. Malaysian sustainable palm oil is balanced, with almost equal amounts of unsaturated and saturated fatty acids. This is another healthy fat which has a neutral effect on your cholesterol. Malaysian sustainable palm oil is a common ingredient in processed foods. If you’d also like to cook with it, you can find Malaysian palm oil in many international grocery stores.

Fats to avoid
Although recent studies have questioned the connection between saturated fat and heart disease, there is still a fat you should always avoid: trans fats. This is the by-product of an industrial process which food formulators use to extend the shelf life of some oils. These partially hydrogenated oils are being phased out of the human food supply, thanks to a recent FDA ruling. Since this doesn’t take effect until June 2018, you’ll need to read labels to keep this unhealthy fat out of your diet today. Look for products made with naturally trans fat-free palm oil and avoid products that include the word ‘hydrogenated’ in their ingredient list.

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Felicia Stoler is a member of Media Relations Inc.’s panel of highly respected third-party experts. She is compensated to express her own professional opinions, through the media, about certain products.

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