Fat can be found on its own (oils and butter) as well as hidden within foods (meat, nuts and manufactured products).
Different foods contribute not only specific amounts of fat, but also specific types of fat. No single food will contain only one specific type of fat. For optimum health, cholesterol control, diabetes etc. it is of the utmost importance to have a variety of different food sources of fat. Yes – even a small percentage of so call ‘bad’ saturated fat has it’s place in our diet. When we have a varied, balanced fat intake consisting of predominantly unprocessed sources of fats and oils such as nuts and seeds, oils made of these and a prudent intake of animal sources of saturated fat, we can be sure that our bodies will benefit om many different levels from the different fatty acids – including the essential fatty acids Omega 3 and 6 as well as the fat soluble nutrients provided.
Indiscriminate reduction and exclusion of foods that contain fat are likely to result in several nutritional deficiencies.