Just the FATS

February is American Heart Month…Let’s see what you know about fat and pick up some heart healthy tips too!

True or false: all fats are unhealthy for your body.

False. Not all fats are unhealthy for you. Certain types of fats called monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats are healthy fats. Eating healthy fats can help lower risk of heart disease. what do you know


Which food(s) are good sources of a healthy fat?

A. Olive Oil
B. Canola Oil
C. Nuts
D. All of the above

answers arrowD. All of the above are a good source of a healthy fat. Other good sources of healthy fats include safflower, soybean, corn, and cottonseed oils. As a rule of thumb, fat at room temperature that is liquid is usually a healthful fat and fat at room temperature that is solid is an unhealthy fat. Fat can be hidden in food so making this a rule is a little tricky to always  follow, so it’s important to know which foods are high in unhealthy fats as well.

True or false: a diet that has a lot of saturated fats and trans fatty acids increases your risk of heart disease.

answers arrowTrue.  To reduce your risk of heart disease, limit the amount of foods that contain saturated and trans fatty acids in your diet. These fats are harmful to your health.

Which food(s) have a lot of unhealthy fats in them?

A. Full fat cheese
B. Grain based desserts
C. Sausage
D. All of the above

answers arrowD. All of these foods have a high amount of fats that are not healthy such as saturated and trans fatty acids. Animal fats (not including seafood) found in dairy products, meat trimmings, butter, or lard are unhealthy fats and should be eaten in small amounts.

Which spread is best for your bread?

A. Butter
B. Soft margarine with no trans fatty acids
C. Butter blend
D. Natural peanut butter without added sugar and trans fats

answers arrowD. Choose natural peanut butter without added sugar and trans fats for a creamy spread on your morning toast. To make sure there are no trans fatty acids, check the food label. Specifically look at the ingredients list, be sure the word “hydrogenated” is not listed.

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Make changes in the fats that you eat and you will improve your health.  To learn more about healthy fats and eating healthy visit: http://www.cdc.gov/healthyweight/healthy_eating/