Let's talk about "fats" for a minute.
When we say that, we mean the fats that are in the foods we eat.
There are a few different kinds of fats - some are better for our heart and body than others!
The general rule of thumb, look on the food labels for "monounsaturated fat" or "polyunsaturated fat" - those are the healthier ones for us.
Good examples of monounsaturated fats are:
Examples of polyunsaturated fats include:
Another type of fat, saturated fat, when consumed in moderate amounts, has been shown to be okay for our body as well - think butter, red meat and cheese.
So it's often a good idea to be a bit more picky when determining the total amount of saturated fat in any given day or week.
Finally, it's generally a best practice to try to avoid overconsuming any artificial or added "trans fats".
Which are fats that have gone through the hydrogenation process, a manufacturing process that adds hydrogen to vegetable oil, which converts the liquid into a solid fat at room temperature.
Typically found in things like fast food, microwave popcorn, frozen pizza and processed foods.