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The 13 Best and Worst Fats on the Planet

Eat This, Not That! Logo By © Provided by Eat This, Not That!, <p>By Olivia Tarantino &amp;The Editors of Eat This, Not That!</p> of Eat This, Not That! | Slide 1 of 19: By Olivia Tarantino&The Editors of Eat This, Not That!Like people, fats come in many different shapes and sizes.First, fat was bad for you. Now it’s good for you, but only certain kinds. And in moderation. Oh, and nutrition labels aren’t that helpful in separating the “good” fats from the “bad” fats — no wonder people are confused about what dietary fat they should be eating.Fat was the number-one diet demon in the decades following the 1950s after research claimed saturated fat raised cholesterol levels and thus contributed to heart disease. This led to the low-fat, high-carb diet craze of the next few decades, which backfired big time: Americans grew fatter than ever, and an epidemic of metabolic diseases ensued including obesity, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and—ironically—high cholesterol. Subsequent studies have since proved that saturated fat doesn’t, in fact, affect blood cholesterol and heart disease the way it was once believed to.It turns out, the most dangerous types of fat are actually trans fats, which studies have shown raise LDL or “bad” cholesterol, and lower HDL, or “good” cholesterol. They’re so bad, the FDA moved to eliminate trans fats entirely from the food industry, giving companies until 2018 to remove artery-clogging trans fats from their products. Areas that have already banned trans fats have seen positive effects; a study published in the Journal of Health Economics found that after 11 New York counties enlisted a ban on trans fats from restaurants in 2007, there was a 4.5 percent reduction in deaths related to cardiovascular disease. Another study published in JAMA Cardiology backed up these findings.So bring on the avocados and walnuts, and banish the vegetable oil; there’s a reason trans fats are on our list of the 50 Unhealthiest Foods on the Planet.

The 13 Best and Worst Fats on the Planet

Like people, fats come in many different shapes and sizes.

First, fat was bad for you. Now it’s good for you, but only certain kinds. And in moderation. Oh, and nutrition labels aren’t that helpful in separating the “good” fats from the “bad” fats — no wonder people are confused about what dietary fat they should be eating.

Fat was the number-one diet demon in the decades following the 1950s after research claimed saturated fat raised cholesterol levels and thus contributed to heart disease. This led to the low-fat, high-carb diet craze of the next few decades, which backfired big time: Americans grew fatter than ever, and an epidemic of metabolic diseases ensued including obesity, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and—ironically—high cholesterol. Subsequent studies have since proved that saturated fat doesn’t, in fact, affect blood cholesterol and heart disease the way it was once believed to.

It turns out, the most dangerous types of fat are actually trans fats, which studies have shown raise LDL or “bad” cholesterol, and lower HDL, or “good” cholesterol. They’re so bad, the FDA moved to eliminate trans fats entirely from the food industry, giving companies until 2018 to remove artery-clogging trans fats from their products. Areas that have already banned trans fats have seen positive effects; a study published in the Journal of Health Economics found that after 11 New York counties enlisted a ban on trans fats from restaurants in 2007, there was a 4.5 percent reduction in deaths related to cardiovascular disease. Another study published in JAMA Cardiology backed up these findings.

So bring on the avocados and walnuts, and banish the vegetable oil; there’s a reason trans fats are on our list of the 50 Unhealthiest Foods on the Planet.

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