Know Your Fats

By: Jill Cordes
By: Jill Cordes

Many families choose to eat at home rather than going out not only to save money but to make healthier eating choices by knowing exactly what ingredients are going into your food - including using good fats while avoiding bad fats.

Polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats are the two unsaturated fats and are considered the good fats and may help lower your blood cholesterol level when you use them in place of saturated and trans fats. Keep total fat intake between 25 and 35 percent of calories, with most fats coming from sources of polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fatty acids such as fish, nuts and vegetable oils.

The American Heart Association has a website called facethefats.org where you can find tons of information on unsaturated fat and "better fats" recipes including using sunflower and corn oils in things like a marinated vegetable toss, cumin rubbed salmon and bell pepper bites.

It's easy to create delicious, healthier meals at home while keeping an eye on unsaturated fat. You'll save money and your family will thank you for it.


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