Choosing Healthy Foods and Beverages


Fats are an important part of healthy eating. They provide essential fatty acids and energy and help the body absorb certain vitamins. The type of fat you eat is as important to your health as the amount you consume. Also, choosing the right types of fat reduces the risk of developing cardiovascular disease.

There are 4 major types of fatty acids:

  • Polyunsaturated fats
  • Monounsaturated fats
  • Saturated fats
  • Trans fats

Canada’s Food Guide recommends that adults consume a small amount, about 30 to 45 mL (2 to 3 tbsp), of polyunsaturated or monounsaturated fat daily.

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