Heart Disease

Know the types of fat you need in your diet

Fat can be confusing. For a long time, fat -- any fat -- was the enemy; now, researchers say certain types of fat are a necessary part of a balanced diet. Here's help decoding each type of fat: saturated, unsaturated and trans fat.

Saturated fat

Saturated fat is typically solid at room temperature.

Health note: The old adage that eating too much saturated fat can raise your risk of heart disease has been contested recently -- and now saturated fat is believed to be more benign than we originally thought. Still, it's typically calorie-dense, so it's best to enjoy saturated fat in limited doses.

Food sources: Tropical oils (e.g., coconut, palm), butter, fatty...