Why the Quality of Fat Matters

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UW Health registered dietitian Makayla Schuchardt explains that there are two primary reasons why a low-fat diet doesn't work:

  • We tend to replace all fats with carbohydrates, which contain simple sugars
  • We replace the good fat as well as the bad fat

Research shows it's not the amount of fat in your diet that matters, but the quality of the fat. The top two sources of saturated fat in the American diet are cheese and pizza. But unhealthy fats are also found in a number of foods that frequent American plates, even some pancake mixes. When you eliminate the bad fats from your diet, you need to replace them with the beneficial fats found in sources such as avocado, nuts, seeds and even tofu. 


Healthy Fats and Your Diet

Makayla Schuchardt, RD, explains the difference between healthy and unhealthy fats, and what you can do to maintain your optimal health.




UW Health's Registered Dietitians provide accurate, evidence-based nutrition information that promotes health and wellness to empower individuals to make healthy lifestyle changes that will enhance their health. Recommendations may vary based on your individual health history. For a personalized nutrition plan contact UW Health to schedule an appointment with a Registered Dietitian. For more nutrition information, visit the Nutrition and Health Library.