|Dietary fat is found in great abundance in the typical American diet. Most of the fat in the diet comes from animal products and plant oils.
In order to discuss fat and its implications for your health it is important to know the meaning of some common terms like fatty acids, saturated fatty acids, monounsaturated fatty acids, polyunsaturated fatty acids and trans fatty acids.
A Consumers Guide to Fats by Eleanor Mayfield is a good source for basic information on dietary fat. This article contains a list of brief definitions of key terms, "Fat Words".