Unhealthy Fats

Saturated fats and trans fats are considered unhealthy fats because they tend to increase levels of LDL cholesterol (bad cholesterol)  in our blood.  High levels of LDL cholesterol can increase the development of plague that can clog our arteries.  These types of fats may therefore increase our risk for heart disease. 

Saturated fats are mainly found in:

  • many prepared foods made with hydrogenated oils
  • fatty meats and full fat dairy products
  • coconut oil, palm oil and palm kernel oils
  • butter and lard

Trans fats the majority of trans fats in our diet come from processed foods, such as commercial baked goods, crackers, doughnuts and other commercially prepared and fried foods. While both saturated fats and trans fats increase the bad (LDL) cholesterol, trans fats are particularly bad for heart health because they also tend to decrease the good type of cholesterol in our blood (HDL cholesterol).  Because of this, Health Canada is working to reduce artificial trans fats in the food supply and they should be avoided.