Health Myth: Is Eating Fat Bad For Your Health?

  • Eating Any Amount Of Fats Will Make You Gain Weight
    1 / 4 Eating Any Amount Of Fats Will Make You Gain Weight

    Sure, if you eat a lot of high-fat foods all the time, you’re probably going to see the number creep up on the scale. But if you watch your fat intake, you should be just fine.

    “Because fat has nine calories per gram (compared to four calories per gram of protein or fat), it’s true that a little goes a long way,” says says New York-based R.D. Jessica Cording. “To prevent weight gain, make sure you’re consuming it in an amount that fits within the context of your daily calorie needs.” In general, experts say you should aim to get about 20 percent of your calories per day from healthy fats. 

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  • Fat Has No Purpose
    2 / 4 Fat Has No Purpose

    Nope—you need adequate amounts of dietary fat to support normal brain and body functions, says Cording. Among other things, your body needs fats for hormone production, cell signaling, and body temperature regulation. They’re also key for supporting healthy hair and skin, Cording says.

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  • Fat Is Bad For You
    3 / 4 Fat Is Bad For You

    Like carbs, there are high-quality fats and low quality fats, says Julie Upton, R.D., and co-founder of nutrition website Appetite for Health.

    “Low-quality fats, just like low-quality carbs, are not beneficial for your health,” she says. According to Singapore’s Health Hub, foods with good fats include foods like salmon, almonds, and sunflower seeds while the not-so-good fats can be found in things like high-fat diary products or any partially-hydrogenated vegetable oils.

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  • There's Only One Type Of Fat
    4 / 4 There's Only One Type Of Fat

    Fat tends to be lumped together, but there are actually several different types. “They are very different,” says Upton.

    Polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats are heart-healthy and are burned readily by the body, while saturated fats and trans fats are more easily stored as body fat, she explains. “Major sources of saturated fat include animal fats like lard and fatty meat; high-fat dairy products like full-cream milk, butter, ghee and food prepared with palm-based vegetable oil,” according to HealthHub. Meanwhile, trans fats are “found primarily in partially hydrogenated-vegetable oils”, pastries, desserts and commercially deep-fried foods, as Healthub says. 

    By Korin Miller

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