Basic Facts About Fat

Basic Facts About Fat

Do you know the difference between saturated, trans, monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats? Here are some basic facts about each.


Saturated fats are present in lard, butter, hard cheese, whole milk and cream, ghee, fatty meat, processed meat. Eat in strict moderation – you shouldn’t consume more than 20g of this type of fat a day.


Trans fats are present in hard margarine, some pastries, biscuits, pastries, and takeaways. These fats are also known as hydrogenated fat. They are the most unhealthy and should be avoided.


These are present present in olive oil, olives, avocados, almonds, cashews, rapeseed oil. Eat in moderation: they are high in calories, but have a beneficial effect on your heart.


These fats are present in oily fish, flaxseed, sunflower seeds, sesame oil, pine nuts, walnuts. Eat in moderation, when they can benefit your overall health.

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Written by Jenny Nickelson

Jenny Nickelson has been a sports enthusiast since childhood. Because of her deep love to water, she started training swimming in early years. Today she swears on variety and does it all: from swimming, running and cycling to fitness, skiing, dancing and mountaineering.


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