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Fat is a compound containing glycerol and a category of lipid that serves both metabolic and structural functions in the body. Fat may be liquid or solid and called by many names from fat, oil and lipid, to saturated fat, polyunsaturated fat, monounsaturated fat and trans fatty acids. Fat is an essential nutrient important to the body for vital energy, but too much fat, or the wrong kind of fat, can be detrimental to one’s health.

Saturated fat, which is linked to heart disease, is predominantly found in animal products such as red meat, dairy, poultry with skin, lard and butter.

These types of fats should be limited in one’s diet. Unsaturated fats are found mainly in plant sources and fish oil and are much have been shown to reduce cholesterol levels. No matter what type of fat you consume in your diet, it is suggested that no more than 30% of your total daily calories come from fat.

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