Tip of the day: Watch the fat content

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It's the first day of Heart Month, and we may as well start with fat.

There is good fat and bad fat.

Good fats are monounsaturated and polyunsaturated. You can find these in fish, nuts, avocado and other foods. These fats help your heart and overall health.

Saturated fats are not great, but you can have them on a limited basis, according to the American Heart Association. These are found in whole dairy products, meats and cheeses, among other things. Your safest bet is to limit saturated fats to 5% of your daily caloric intake.

Trans fats are an absolute no. Avoid any food with transfats. These primarily show up in processed foods. Make sure you read your labels. They simply are not good for you.

For more detailed information on good and bad fats, click on this article on the American Heart Association's website.


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