Does Eating Fat Really Make You Fat?

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by Natasha Sweatte

Americans are battling the bulge on a daily basis.
Recent studies reveal that the general population is consuming about 40 percent of their daily calories from dietary fat.
State Obesity Prevention Program Manager, Karol Fink M.S., R.D., recommends consuming only 30 percent of your calories from fat.
Dietary fat regulates the metabolic process.
It would be impossible to function properly without a healthy metabolism.
Regardless if you want to lose weight, gain weight, or maintain your current frame, having a healthy, regulated metabolism is key.
Which types of fats make up your diet have a lot to say about your waistline.
Monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats are known as the "good" fats, as they decrease the risk for diseases.
You can find these fats in olive oil, avocado, fish and nuts.
Saturated and trans fat are responsible for elevating cholesterol levels, which increase the risk for heart disease or stroke.
Sticking to healthy fats in the right amounts can lower your risk for heart disease, while helping you to burn calories all day long.
For a more detailed list of which group your favorite fat lies in, you can log on to http://www.mypyramid.gov/pyramid/discretionary_calories_fats.html.
Be sure to tune in to Your Alaska Link next Wednesday for part 2 of this 4 part series.