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Oct 6, 2012

The fats you didn't know could kill you

No - in fact some fats, such as those found in oily fish, are good for brain function and keeping your heart healthy.

What about Saturated fats?
These are generally considered to be ?bad? fats. Too much saturated fat can increase the amount of bad cholesterol in the blood, raising the risk of heart disease and stroke.
Watch your intake of butter, lard, red meat, milk and cheese. Coconut and palm oil are also high in saturated fat.

Are unsaturated fats better?
Yes ? polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats lower bad blood cholesterol levels when eaten instead of saturated fat, and therefore help reduce the risk of heart disease.
Monounsaturates come mostly from vegetable sources ? olive, rapeseed and groundnut oils, avocados and nuts. Polyunsaturates can be found in oily fish, seeds, and grain and nut oils.