top of page

Macro Myths: Fats

Content by: Jamie Rinaldi RD LD

Macro Myths: Fats

Calculator

Share Item

Share Item

PDF

Presentation

Author

Fat is a macronutrient that consumers have misperceptions about, as even the most prominent health agencies frequently change their tune.

In the 1990s, fat was considered a nutritional demon. Nuts, seeds, oils, and avocados were bad. Nutrition experts later explained that not all fat is bad, just saturated fat. More recently, we have come to find that not all saturated fat is bad. In fact, much of the saturated fat in dairy products is associated with lower risks of heart disease, type 2 diabetes and many cancers.

High saturated fat coconut products are trendy for being nutritionally superior; however the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and most other respected nutrition experts disagree. Research in the early 2000s fueled this myth due to the benefit of medium chain fatty acids, which are found in coconut. Actually, a very small percentage of the fatty acids in coconut are medium chain, with the majority being saturated fatty acids. This is evident by its solid state at room temperature and liquid state when heated.

The biggest question regarding fat is cholesterol. Eggs become a big focus. Are they bad? Are they good?

In the past, there was an assumption that cholesterol in food contributed to higher levels of blood cholesterol and increased the risk of heart disease. While researchers claim cholesterol in the diet poses little risk, many now believe moderate consumption offers health protection. Egg yolks do contain small amounts of saturated fat, but also contain other beneficial nutrients like choline, vitamin A, folate, B vitamins and vitamin D.

NOTE: Greater amounts of cholesterol come with the foods often paired with eggs, such as bacon, sausage and pancakes!

Overall, it is best to avoid saturated and trans fats. These foods include: fatty meat, whole milk, butter, coconut oil, processed baked goods, processed snack foods and fried foods. Instead, choose monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats: avocados, peanut butter, olive oil, salmon, chia seeds.

How to Stretch Your Grocery Budget: Food Storage Tips

Follow a few of these tips to make your groceries last longer and stay fresh!

💡 Features: Produce, Budget, Shop, Save Money, Store, Supermarket, More for your Money
🏷 Tags: Download, Handout, Infographic, Poster

How to Stretch Your Grocery Budget: Food Storage Tips

Macro Myths: Protein

Decipher between fact and fiction when it comes to the macronutrient of protein. Read more information on protein myths and share the digital handout to spread awareness. 💡 Features: Nutrients, Kidney, vegetarian, vegan, soy, proteins 🏷 Tags: D...

Macro Myths: Protein

Vitamin D - When to test?

Vitamin D can be produced within the body, as well as obtained from diet. Read more about when to test vitamin D levels, and how to maintain adequate levels. 💡 Features: Sunshine Vitamin, UV Rays, Winter Blues, SAD, Supplement, Vitamin D Test 🏷...

Vitamin D - When to test?

bottom of page