Good fats vs. bad fats

, Written by Kassi Nelson, Posted: Tue, April 15 2014 at 5:50 PM, Updated: Tue, April 15 2014 at 6:24 PM

Medford, Ore. -- Are fats always to blame for weight gain? One dietitian said no, that shedding body fat doesn't mean eliminating fats from your diet.

Jovan Duvall, a dietitian at Providence Hospital, said the amount and type of fat we eat is what causes us to gain or lose weight. And that fat free doesn't mean healthy.

"A lot of the time low fat products are made tastier by adding extra sugar and other products that might not necessarily be healthy," Duvall said.

Instead Duvall said replace trans and saturated fats from highly processed foods and animal products with omega threes and sixes from fish, nuts, and avocados.

But she warns against eating too much of those good fats. A good rule of thumb is to keep your foods under five grams of fat total.

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Kassi Nelson

NBC5 News reporter Kassi Nelson was born and raised in Nebraska. She graduated from the journalism school at University of Nebraska Lincoln where she studied broadcasting.

She also studied philosophy in the Czech Republic. Kassi has visited nine other countries including Sochi, Russia, where she reported on the preparations for the 2014 Olympic Games.

She loves skiing and live concerts!

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