Who should be careful eating foods that are high in fatty acids?

Children and pregnant women are advised by the United States Food and Drug Administration to avoid getting their fatty acids from types of fish with the highest mercury levels. This includes: shark, swordfish, tilefish, and king mackerel. In addition, to maximize health benefits, all people should look for fish that are high in Omega-3 fatty acids but not be deep-fried (baked or broiled fish is healthier).

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At 9 calories per gram, fats can add up quickly in your diet, yet experts recommend that you get only 7% of your calorie intake from fat. Fats also affect your cholesterol, and there are both good and bad fats. The best kind of fa...

ts are called unsaturated fats, and can be found in oils like olive and canola oils, nuts and seeds. These fats can help your body get rid of cholesterol. Saturated fats often have had hydrogen added to them to make them more solid. Other saturated fats are found in cream, butter and meats. They can raise your blood cholesterol. Its wise to learn which is which and check nutrition labels to make proper choices.

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