Fats & Oils

Concerned that America will go back to higher saturated fat consumption as the nation moves to significantly reduce trans fats, the American Heart Association has developed the Face the Fats campaign to help consumers minimize trans fats in their diet, while avoiding the unintended health consequence of defaulting to more saturated fats. Among the campaign's top priorities is to encourage replacing trans fat-laden partially hydrogenated vegetable oils, animal fats and tropical oils with healthier oils higher in unsaturated fats — monounsaturated and polyunsaturated.

According to a survey conducted for the American Heart Association, fewer than half of Americans know that the "better" fats (monounsaturated and polyunsaturated) can help reduce their risk of heart disease. 

That’s why the American Heart Association created this Web section - to help you face the facts about fats.  To learn more about fat facts and eating sensibly, go to any of the links on this page. You can also browse our heart-healthy recipes.

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Do you know everything you need to know to make healthy fat choices?  Take our crash course on fats.
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It's time to meet the fats.  Some are bad,  Some are better.

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Dr. Bob Eckel, a past president of the American Heart Association, shares some of the latest information on the world of dietary fats.
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Check out these resources for help in minimizing trans fats in your restaurant.  Keep your customers satisfied and heart-healthy


Nutrition Quizzes & Tools

Use this tool to get your personalized daily calorie needs, recommended limits for fats and sodium, and more!

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