A large part of being healthy is watching what you eat. This means that when you sit down to have a meal, you should be thinking not just about the portion size, but what exactly your food is made up of and what nutrients you’re getting out of it.
For a long time, fat content in food has been public enemy number one. Common wisdom used to say that if you wanted to stay slim and healthy, you should eliminate as much fat from your diet as you can. Unfortunately, it’s not quite as straightforward as that!
There isn’t just one type of fat that is used in the body. In fact, there are four general types, known as:
- Saturated Fats
- Trans Fats
- Polyunsaturated Fats
- Monounsaturated Fats
Each of these types of fats is found in different foods, and all affect your body in different ways. Some are considered unhealthy and should only be consumed in small quantities, while others are considered to be good for you and essential for healthy human function.
How do you know which one’s which? Luckily, improvements to food labeling have made it easier than ever before to track what types of fats you’re consuming and adjust your buying (and eating) habits accordingly. If you want to know what’s best for your body and how to separate the good fats from the bad, read the following infographic!