8 Ways You’re Reading Food Labels Wrong

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7. You neglect the type of fat breakdown

There are four types of fats: saturated, monounsaturated, trans and polyunsaturated. Every product should name the types of fat that make up the total fat in it. You will find the total fat of a product on its nutrition label. Bruning says to scan down a bit more on the label to see if the total fat breaks down into saturated fats and trans fats.

“Those are called out because saturated fats, and especially trans fats, are linked to higher incidents of heart disease,” says Bruning. Some manufacturers also choose to list “good” monounsaturated or polyunsaturated fats, which are actually beneficial for your heart and cholesterol.

Healthy choices of monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats include avocados, macadamia nuts, olives and olive oil, salmon—try to consume them more often.

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