Fats and cholesterol

Fats are an essential part of healthy eating.

Choosing the right types of fat to eat can make a big difference to our heart health. Find out which unhealthy fats to avoid, and which fats you need for good health.

  • Healthy fats

    Healthy fats

    The best fats to include in your diet are monounsaturated and polyunsaturated (omega-3 and omega-6) fats. Eat more of these healthier fats to help reduce the risk of heart disease.

    Learn more about healthy fats to eat.

  • Saturated and trans fats

    Saturated and trans fats

    Saturated fat comes from animal-based foods, like meat, poultry and butter. But it's also in coconut-based products. Too much unhealthy saturated and trans fat increases your risk of heart disease.

    Learn more about saturated fat and trans fats.

  • Cholesterol in food

    Cholesterol in food

    Cholesterol is a fat in your blood, which is also in foods. In food, cholesterol only has a small effect on the level of cholesterol in your blood.

    Learn more about cholesterol and food.

  • Plant sterols

    Plant sterols

    These cholesterol-like substances can reduce cholesterol levels. They occur naturally in foods like fruits, vegetables, nuts and cereals.

    Learn more about plant sterols and their health benefits.