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(HealthDay News) -- While many people try to avoid fats in an effort to lose weight, certain fats are healthy and necessary.
Womenshealth.gov explains these essential functions of fat:
Fat provides an energy source.
Fat helps your body absorb vitamins from the foods that you eat.
Healthier unsaturated fats include: olive oil, safflower oil, sunflower oil, peanut oil and canola oil.
Limit unhealthy saturated fats, found in red meats, butter and whole milk.