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What are the types of dietary fat?

All dietary fats contain different percentages of saturated, polyunsaturated, and monounsaturated fat. Saturated fats are found primarily in animal products. Unsaturated fats mainly come from plants and can be monounsaturated (olive or canola oil) or polyunsaturated (safflower, sunflower, corn, or other oils). Polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats can be processed to make trans-fatty acids. Both trans-fatty acids and saturated fats are damaging to cardiovascular health.

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