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What is the difference between good and bad dietary fat?

Janis Jibrin, MS, RD
Nutrition & Dietetics
Everyone has to watch their intake of unhealthy fats. It's not the total fat consumption that matters so much; it's the type of fat consumed that affects your health. If ordering a side of guacamole with your chicken fajita, snacking on a handful of mixed nuts, and sautéing your favorite vegetables in olive oil and garlic all sound appealing to you, you're already a fan of healthy fat. The reason these foods -- avocados, nuts, and olive oil -- are considered healthy fats is because of the type of fatty acids they contain. These and other foods we think of as fat -- oils, butter, margarine, the fat surrounding a steak or under the skin of a chicken -- are actually composed of different types of fatty acids. And it's the fatty acids that are either good or bad for your body.
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