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Suffolk County Department of Health Services
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Great River, New York 11739-9006
The mission of the Suffolk County Cancer Prevention and Health Promotion Coalition is to provide actionable
residents regarding healthy lifestyles and environmental risk factors in order to prevent cancer and other chronic
The Coalition also seeks to increase access to care for all county residents by providing education and
The vision of the Suffolk County Cancer Prevention and Health Promotion Coalition is to improve the lives of
county residents by
creating a healthier community in which cancer and other chronic diseases are minimized.
Did you know that a healthy diet can reduce your risk of developing cancer? Both overweight and obesity can raise your risk of endometrial, breast, prostate, and colorectal cancers.
Even though fats are a component of a healthy diet, making healthy choices and avoiding too much fat can lower your risk of becoming overweight or obese. Choose healthy fats such as unsaturated oils rather than unhealthy fats such as saturated oils. Learn more about eating healthy from the CDC Healthy Eating Guide or visit the Suffolk County Department of Health Services Obesity Prevention Website for more information and local resources.
All about Fat
Fat is a major source of energy in the human body, and is important to consume in moderation. You may have heard the term “healthy fat.” This refers to two types of fat: monounsaturated and polyunsaturated. Including the recommended amounts of these types of fat can make you healthier by controlling the levels of triglyceride (a substance that can raise your risk of heart disease if you have too much) in your blood as well as “bad” (LDL) cholesterol blood levels. Healthy fats can be found in fish, tofu, nuts and seeds, avocado, canola, vegetable, and olive oil, and peanut butter.1
Saturated fats are less healthy, and are associated with higher levels of “bad” cholesterol. High levels of “bad” cholesterol may lead to heart disease over time. Saturated fats can be found in high-fat cheese and meat, whole-fat milk, butter, dairy dessert products, and palm and coconut oils.2 The American Heart Association recommends 13 grams or less of saturated fat daily.3
Trans fat is the most unhealthy type of fat. Eating foods containing a lot of trans fat can increase “bad” cholesterol, and lower your “good” cholesterol.4 Trans fat is in some meat and dairy products naturally, so you should choose leaner cuts of meat and low fat dairy. However, trans fat is primarily found in processed foods.5 You should try to cut out processed trans fat as much as possible. Luckily, trans fats are being eliminated from many processed foods.6
When buying food, the nutrition label is your guide to determining how much unhealthy fat is in your food. Food labels will list the amount of saturated and trans fat under “Nutrition Facts.” You should also read the ingredients listed on the label and look for “partially hydrogenated oils” or “shortening.” These ingredients contain small amounts (less than half a gram) of trans fat per serving, even if the product states that it has 0 grams. According to the FDA, even small amounts can add up over time.7
For information on cholesterol and triglycerides: https://www.cdc.gov/cholesterol/ldl_hdl.htm
For more information on the types of fats: https://www.choosemyplate.gov/saturated-unsaturated-and-trans-fats
FDA Cuts Trans Fat in Processed Food:
Learn how to read the Nutrition Facts label:
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