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Fats

USDA. Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion

Oils are not a food group, but they provide essential nutrients. Therefore, oils are included in USDA food patterns.

USDA. Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion

To reduce your risk for heart disease, cut back on saturated fat and trans fat by replacing some foods high in saturated fat with unsaturated fat or oils.

HHS. National Institutes of Health

Fat is an essential nutrient for our bodies. It provides energy. It helps our guts absorb certain vitamins from foods. But what types of fat should you be eating? Are there any you should avoid?

HHS. Food and Drug Administration. Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition

Read about monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats - what they are, where they are found, what they do, and how to use the Nutrition Facts Label to replace saturated fat with mono and polyunsaturated fats.

HHS. Food and Drug Administration. Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition

Read about saturated fat - what it is, where it is found, and how you can use the Nutrition Facts Label for reducing saturated fat in your diet.

HHS. National Institutes of Health. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. Obesity Education Initiative

Use this list of low-calorie, lower-fat alternatives to provide new ideas for old favorites.

HHS. Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion

Offers a how-to guide for reducing saturated fats.

HHS. National Institutes of Health. National Library of Medicine

Read the latest news and information on dietary fats. Also offers links to research and related topics. Also in Spanish.

HHS. National Institutes of Health. National Library of Medicine

Read basic, factual information on dietary fat, including how much fat should be consumed.

Colorado State University Extension

Read more about dietary fats and cholesterol in this printable fact sheet.

PennState Extension

Trans fats are produced during the hydrogenation of vegetable oils. Concerns about these fats brought about changes to the Nutrition Facts panel in 2006. Read more.