Our expert says:
Generally speaking fats that are rich in saturated fatty acids and trans-fats are regarded as 'bad' (e.g. animal fats, butter, cream, fatty cheese, fat on meat, chicken skin, hard margarine, baked goods, etc), because they can increase the risk of heart disease and certain cancers. Fats that contain more monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats are regarded as good (e.g. soft margarine, plant oils like sunflower, olive and canola oil) because they protect the heart and are not linked to degenerative diseases. Click on 'Diet' at the top of this page and the on 'Diet Basics' and 'A healthy balance' and read the article on 'Do we need fats?".
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