Total fat encompasses all types of fat that can be found in the foods we eat. Fat is fuel, but there are good kinds of fuel and bad kinds. While there are several types of fat, nutrition labels often only include trans fats and saturated fat. There are four main types of fat.
Saturated – These fats are predominantly found in dairy products like butter, cheese, and cream as well as other animal byproducts (beef and pork). Some plant oils contain saturated fats too! For example, coconut oil is super rich in saturated fat.
Monounsaturated – Found in olive oil, avocados, nuts, and animal products such as beef, pork, poultry.
Polyunsaturated – Found in seeds, fatty fish, and vegetable oils (soybean, corn, safflower, cottonseed, sunflower).
Trans Fat – There is a very minimal amount of naturally occurring trans fat, most is man made partially hydrogenated oil. It is found in vegetable shortening (Crisco), margarine, and mass-produced processed foods (cookies, crackers, muffins).