Fat is an important nutrient for good health, and we all need fat in our diet to stay healthy and alive. Fats play many different roles in your body – providing you with calories and energy, helping your body absorb fat-soluble vitamins (A, D, E and K) and helping your body grow and develop properly. However, the type and amount of fat you eat is important. While you need to consume fats to stay healthy, too much can be bad for you. Also, fats such as the saturated and trans fats may increase your risk of developing heart disease and should be limited.
The main three different kinds of fat in your foods can be described as follows: