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Fatty Facts

We call fats that are liquid at room temperature ‘oils’.  There are different types of fats found within the foods we eat.  Some foods have almost no fat whilst others have a lot. 

Saturated and trans fats are considered to be the unhealthy ones whilst unsaturated fats, in small amounts, are helpful to the body.

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Types of Fat

Saturated fat is found naturally in animal products such as lamb and butter but it is also added to many processed foods such as potato chips. 

Trans fats are produced during some manufacturing processes and have been found to be more harmful than saturated fat to heart health.

Unsaturated fats come from plants or fish.  They include two essential fatty acids (EFAs) that we can’t live without or make ourselves and must get from our food.

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Essential Fat

Fat is used for energy, helps our brain to work properly and is part of every cell in our body.  It is vital for maintaining healthy skin and hair. 

Eating fat guarantees a source of our two Essential Fatty Acids, the fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E and K, and helps us absorb some vitamins like Vitamin D.

Essential Fat

Fat is used for energy, helps our brain to work properly and is part of every cell in our body.  It is vital for maintaining healthy skin and hair. 

Eating fat guarantees a source of our two Essential Fatty Acids, the fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E and K, and helps us absorb some vitamins like Vitamin D.

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Saturated Fats

If people have too much saturated or trans-fat in their bodies it can build up and block their blood vessels, which can cause heart trouble.

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Reducing Fat

We can choose to buy lean cuts of meat and fish and look at the nutrition information on packaged foods to choose low fat options. 

Cutting down on processed foods is a great way to reduce the amount of saturated fat and trans fat that we may otherwise be eating.

Reducing Fat

We can choose to buy lean cuts of meat and fish and look at the nutrition information on packaged foods to choose low fat options. 

Cutting down on processed foods is a great way to reduce the amount of saturated fat and trans fat that we may otherwise be eating.

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Essential Fats

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