What foods are major sources of fats?

According to the latest Dietary Guidelines for Americans, the top three food sources of heart unhealthy, saturated fat and trans fatty acids are:

  • Grain-Based Desserts (cookies, cake, pie, danishes)
  • Pizza
  • Regular Cheese

Cutting back on the amount of these in your diet will help you cut back on heart unhealthy fats. When you use cheese, use reduced fat.

Be careful when you find cookies marked as “sugar free” or other desserts marketed specifically for people with diabetes. They may be sugar free, but more than 60 percent of their calories can come from fat. You will find saturated fat in all animal products such as butter, whole milk, half-and-half, and meat fat. The vegetable products high in saturated fats and trans fatty acids are palm oil, palm kernel oil, cocoa butter (chocolate), coconut oil, solid shortening, and partially hydrogenated oils. Often these fats are found in mixes for pancakes, biscuits, cookies, crackers, cakes, and some snack chips.

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