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In the past, fat has gotten a bad rap, but with the rise of the keto diet and an increase in general nutrition knowledge, we aren’t so fearful of the macronutrient anymore. While there are many healthy fats we can enjoy, there are still a number of unhealthy ones you should watch out for.

So what is deemed “good” fat and “bad” fat? Read on to get the 411.

The Good

Monounsaturated fat
You can find this fat in the Mediterranean diet, which consists of lots of olive oils, olives, legumes, and fish. Avocados are also a great source of monounsaturated fats (so you don’t have to give up your avo-toast!). Plus, monounsaturated fats have been shown to reduce your risk of heart disease.

Polyunsaturated fat
These fats are the good omega-3 fatty acids found in fish, oils, nuts, and seeds. They keep your hair shiny and your skin glowing.

The Bad

Saturated fat
Meat eaters and dairy lovers, beware. While some saturated fat is not bad for you, the American Heart Association recommends that only about 120 calories of a 2,000 calorie diet should come from this kind of fat.

Trans fat
Did you know that these fats are synthetically made (um, gross). According to Medical News Today, “Trans fats are created in an industrial process that adds hydrogen to liquid vegetable oils to make them more solid. They are also known as partially hydrogenated oils.” You can find these in fried foods, packaged foods, pizza dough, and more.

The bottom line is that not all fats are created equal. It’s important to educate yourself on what you’re putting in your body and, of course, always consult with a registered dietician to understand how to properly nourish your body.

xx, The FabFitFun Team

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