There are 2 kinds of fats we should be aware of: “good” fats and “bad” fats.
The good fats are also known are as Monounsaturated fats and Polyunsaturated.
Monounsaturated fats can be found in almonds, avocados, walnuts, canola and olive oil. Monousaturaded fats can halp you lower total cholesterol and LDL cholesterol (“bad” cholesterol ) while increasing HDL (“good” cholesterol). They help lose weight and bodyfat.
Polyunsaturated fats also lower total cholesterol and LDL. You can find them in fish (ex. salmon, tuna) and seafood, soy, corn and sunflower oils.
Saturated fats (the bad fats) are mailny found in animal products: meat, dairy, eggs and seafood. Also, some plant foods are rich in saturated fats. Among them are cocunut oil and palm kenel oil. These fats rise total blood cholesterol and LDL.
Trans Fats originated in hydrogenated liquid oil so they could better withstand the food production process and give foods a longer shelf life. As a result of hydrogenation, trans fatty acids are formed. They are found in many commercially packaged foods, fried foods (ex. French fries) and many other packaged foods and snacks, vegetable shortening and some hard margarine.
Counting Calories? 1 gram of fat = 9 calories