Frequently Asked Questions About Fats

Updated:Jan 3,2014

Questions About Fats

These are the major fats in foods: saturated fats and trans fats, and monounsaturated fats and polyunsaturated fats. 

Appearance-wise, saturated and trans fats tend to be more solid at room temperature (think of butter or traditional stick margarine), while monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats tend to be liquid (think soybean or corn oil) at room temperature. 

Here are the main food sources of these fats:

  • “Bad” Fats (Saturated and Trans Fats)
  • “Better” Fats (Unsaturated Fats - monounsaturated and polyunsaturated)
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