What are the different types of fats?
Unhealthy fats • Saturated fat. Saturated fats are mostly in animal foods, such as meat and dairy foods. Tropical oils, such as coconut oil, palm oil, and cocoa butter, are also saturated fats. • Trans fat. Trans fats include shortening, partially hydrogenated vegetable oils, and hydrogenated vegetable oils. Trans fats are made when a liquid fat is turned into a solid fat (for example, when corn oil is made into stick margarine). They are in many processed foods, such as cookies, crackers, and snack foods. • Cholesterol. Cholesterol is only in animal products, such as eggs, dairy foods, and meats. These unhealthy fats can raise your total cholesterol and your “bad” (LDL) cholesterol. Healthy fats • Monounsaturated fat. Monounsaturated fats are liquid at room temperature but get solid when refrigerated. Eating foods that are high in this fat may help lower your “bad” (LDL) cholesterol, raise your “good” (HDL) cholesterol, and lower your chances of getting heart disease. This fat is foun