Bad Fats: Healthy Aging Tips for National Nutrition Month

There are good fats and there are bad fats. 

Here are the fats to limit in your diet, according to the National Institutes of Health’s Senior Health website:

Saturated and Trans Fats
Limit the amount of saturated fats and trans fats you consume. Both can put you at greater risk for heart disease. The Nutrition Facts label gives information about the amount and types of fat contained in a single serving of the packaged food. You should consume less than 10 percent of calories from saturated fats.

Saturated fats are found in

  • red meat,
  • milk products including butter,
  • and palm and coconut oils.

Common sources of saturated fat in meals include

  • regular cheese,
  • pizza,
  • grain-based desserts like cookies, cakes, and donuts,
  • and dairy desserts, such as ice cream.

Processed trans fats are found in

  • stick margarine and vegetable shortening.

Trans fats are often used in

  • store-bought baked goods like pastries,
  • crackers, and
  • candy, as well as
  • fried foods at some fast-food restaurants.

Keep intake of trans fats as low as possible. Read the Nutrition Facts label to choose products that contain “0” trans fats.