Eating Well As You Get Older

Frequently Asked Questions

18. Are some fats healthier than others?

Yes. Some fats are better for you than others. Choose polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats when possible. Sources of better fats include vegetable oils such as soybean, corn, canola, olive, safflower, and sunflower oils. Polyunsaturated fat is also in nuts, seeds, and fish. Walnuts, flaxseed and salmon are examples of foods with polyunsaturated fat.

Aim to limit total fats to 20 to 35 percent of your daily calories. For instance, if you eat and drink 2,000 calories daily, only 400 to 700 of the calories should be from fats. The number of calories from fat in a serving of packaged foods is listed on the Nutrition Facts label of the package.