By Sinovic, Dianna,
Dec 1, 2012
Fats are important to your diet, as are carbohydrates and proteins. Certain types of fats are better for you than others and eating too much of any kind of fat can pack on the pounds.
Fat is one of the three main components of food, along with carbohydrates and protein. It’s important to a healthy diet – but only in modest amounts. And not all types of fat are healthy. Find out more about fat by taking the following quiz.
5. High levels of saturated fat increase the risk for heart disease, and they also cause which other health problem?
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Saturated fat may increase the risk for certain cancers, although more research is needed to establish a firm link, according to the Harvard School of Public Health. Saturated fat may play a role in obesity, but total calories are more important than fat in weight management. Despite the long-standing recommendation from nutrition experts that Americans eat a low-fat diet, obesity continues to be a growing problem in the United States.
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