Macronutrients 101: Facts About Fat

WHAT IS FAT? Dietary fat is essential for optimal functioning. It is involved in hormone production, immune system functioning, brain health, cholesterol levels, energy levels, and more! Fatty acids make up the term “fat,” and some are essential, meaning we must consume them through food.

FOOD SOURCES OF FAT:Meat (any marbling and skin you see on/in meat, is fat! Think steak, pork, skin-on chicken) – Oils (olive, canola, avocado, walnut, etc.) – Nuts/seeds + nut/seed buttersAvocadosProcessed meats (bacon, sausage) – Butter, margarine, lardFatty fish (salmon, tuna, sardines) – OlivesCoconut oil/coconutFull-fat dairy (cream, cream cheese, sour cream, ice cream, cheese) – MayoHummus (from tahini)

OTHER TOPICS COVERED IN THE ARTICLE: - Saturated vs unsaturated vs trans fats - How much fat to consume in a day - And more!