5. There are
four main types of fat we eat: saturated, monounsaturated,
polyunsaturated, and trans.
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And each one affects the body in different ways (more on that
Saturated fats are found in animal products (red meat,
cheese, milk) as well as tropical oils like coconut and palm
oils. They tend to be solid at room temperature (think of a
stick of butter or the way coconut oil solidifies when it’s
kept in cooler temperatures).
Monounsaturated fats are found in avocados, peanut
butter, and lots of nuts (like almonds, Brazil nuts, cashews)
and seeds. They’re also found in plant-based oils like olive
oil, peanut oil, and sesame oil.
Polyunsaturated fats are found in walnuts, sunflower
seeds, tofu, plant-based oils like corn oil, safflower oil, and
fatty fish like salmon, mackerel, herring, and trout. These
fats contain omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, both of which are
Trans fats are artificial fats created by adding
hydrogen to a liquid fat to make it solid (think of a tub of
margarine). They’re found almost exclusively in processed
foods, though very small amounts can be found in meat and