Fat Facts

Polyunsaturated

  • Safflower oil
  • Corn oil
  • Soybean oil
  • Sesame oil
  • Sunflower oil
  • Margarine
  • Mayonnaise

Monounsaturated

  • Olive oil
  • Canola oil
  • Peanut oil

Saturated

  • Animal fat
  • Butterfat
  • Shortening
  • Chocolate
  • Coconut oil
  • Palm oil
  • Cocoa butter
  • All animal foods contain cholesterol
  • Plant foods do not contain cholesterol.
  • Plant fat can be saturated or unsaturated.
  • Cholesterol free does not mean fat free

Saturated fat and cholesterol are hard on your heart. They are generally solid at room temperature. These fats can raise cholesterol levels and lead to clogged arteries. Saturated fats are found in animal foods. Red meat and whole milk dairy products are good examples of foods high in saturated fat. Saturated fat is also found in tropical oils. Coconut oil and palm oil are good examples. These oils are often found in baked goods.

Monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats are a better choice. These types of fat help to lower cholesterol levels. These types of fat are found in olive, canola, sunflower, corn, and safflower oils.