Define Unsaturated fats

Define: Unsaturated fats

Unsaturated fats are important to include in your diet. These fats help to reduce the risk of heart disease and can also lower your cholesterol. Unsaturated fats are in liquid form and are typically from plants.

  • Examples of unsaturated fats are olive oils, avocados, nuts, and seeds
  • There are two main types of unsaturated fats, monounsaturated fats, and polyunsaturated fat which are either omega-3 fats or omega-6 fats 

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Saturated fat is a fat that comes mostly from animal food products contains only saturated fatty acids and is solid at room temperature. Consuming a lot of foods that are high in saturated fat can negatively impact heart health, so it’s best consumed in moderation.

Trans fats

Trans fats are worst than saturated fats and are a form of unsaturated fats associated with a number of negative health effects. Artificial trans fats are now banned in the United States along with Denmark, Brazil, and Canada.

Omega-3 fatty acids

An essential fatty acid found in fish oils, especially from salmon and other cold-water fish. Eating foods that are enriched in Omega-3 fatty acids acts to lower the levels of cholesterol and especially cholesterol LDL the “bad cholesterol” along with triglycerides.

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