Oils & Fats: Calories & Nutrition Facts
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When you hear the term fat, you may automatically assume the food is unhealthy. In reality, many oils and fats contain nutrients that are good for your body and important for overall health.
Monosaturated FatsThe term ‘monosaturated fat’ is often used interchangeably with the term ‘heart-healthy’ fat because, as you will learn below, monosaturated fats help to prevent various forms of heart disease. Monosaturated fats contain 9 calories per gram, as the calorie chart below will show, and they may also contain a variety of other nutrients. Some of the best sources of monosaturated fat include avocados, avocado oil, olive oil, nuts, olives, and seeds.
Saturated and Trans FatsSaturated fats are made up of triglycerides and they are commonly found in foods made from animal products such as cheese, butter, lard, and fatty cuts of meat. Even some products made from vegetable sources such as coconut oil and palm kernel oil are high in saturated fat. Trans fats are actually a type of unsaturated fat, but that doesn’t make them healthy. In fact, trans fats have been linked to increased risk for heart disease. Trans fats can be found in milk, hydrogenated oils, and many fried foods.
Not all fats and oils are bad for you, but some of them are. Monosaturated fats, for example, provide heart health benefits while certain kinds of saturated and trans fats can contribute to health problems. Check the calorie calculator for various oils and fats to determine the calories and nutritional information.