New research has overturned some long-held ideas about good fats and bad fats. It used to be gospel truth: Saturated fat is bad. New studies suggest that, while no one would call saturated fats "good," in moderation they may not be so hard on your heart after all. What's more, replacing saturated fats with the wrong kinds of foods -- such as the highly refined carbohydrates in white bread, white rice, pastries, and sugary candies or desserts -- may actually increase your heart disease danger.
How can the average person make sense of the new research? Rather than banish saturated fat, many experts say it's more important to eat plenty of vegetables, grains, and fish, as well as a variety of fats in moderate amounts. Here are 5 tips to remember when you're trying to fit fats and oils into your heart-healthy diet.