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A little bit about fats

Fats can be very confusing but in short some fats are better than others. We tend to eat too much saturated fat (present in meat and animal products) which can increase the risk of heart disease.

Current UK government guidelines advise cutting down on all fats and replacing saturated fat with some unsaturated fat (which comes from vegetable sources). In recent years, the popular media has turned the debate about the causes of major public health issues such as heart disease, diabetes and obesity into something of a 'fat versus sugar' dogfight. But the question should not be about choosing between fat or sugar: there are good reasons for cutting down on both.

Fat: the facts | NHS Choices
Fats explained | British Heart Foundation

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