The 1-Minute Guide to Good Fats

We used to hear it over and over again: fat is bad, remove it from your diet. But now we know there are “good” fats and “bad” fats. So technically you can eat a high-fat diet – as long as it’s the right kind of fat!

So what’s the difference?

Bad Cholesterol Foods

First, let’s talk about the bad stuff: cholesterol, trans fat, and saturated fat.

Some of the cholesterol found in your bloodstream actually comes from your own body, but everything else gets there from the eggs, ice cream, whole milk, cheese, and high-fat meats you’re eating. Remember, it’s easy to spot if the food you’re buying has cholesterol because it will be printed on the nutrition label.

Saturated fat also raises your cholesterol levels and is found in foods like butter, chocolate, cream sauces, hot dogs, and bacon.

Trans fat is the worst of the three. You should try and stay away from any foods that contain it. It’s found in all of the common processed foods we all seem to crave like cookies, snack cakes, chips, and French fries. You know – junk food!

Good Cholesterol Foods

Now, for the good fats you should be incorporating into your daily eating: monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats.

You can find monounsaturated fats in avocados, almonds, pecans, cashews, olive oil, and peanuts butter. So skip the dollop of butter or shortening in the pan and try some olive oil. And snack on some nuts instead of those potato chips!

For the polyunsaturated fats, look to walnuts, mayonnaise, cottonseed and sunflower oil.

Risk for Diabetics

As it is, heart disease risk for diabetics is higher than for non-diabetics, so check your food labels to find out what type of fat your food contains and minimize the bad stuff.

If you’re curious about your blood cholesterol levels, stop by your nearest AppleCare clinic location and speak to one of our experienced health care providers.