Just like good cholesterol and bad cholesterol exists, there is good fat and bad fat. Or is there?
Doctors once thought that avoiding saturated fats lowered the risk of cardiovascular disease. In response to the negative view of fat, the food industry created low-fat and fat-free foods. Taking out fat also removed flavor, so manufacturers compensated with extra sugar.
Overly processed foods and fast food are high in empty carbs and trans fat. Newer research suggests that it's possible that red meat and high-fat dairy products like cheese aren't the culprits they were once thought to be. However, nutritional advice changes frequently--just ask the egg.
If you're trying to lower your cholesterol, it's probably a good idea to monitor your intake of foods high in saturated fat. But it's just as important to avoid refined, processed, and artificially sweetened foods.