First, there are three kinds of dietary fat — unsaturated, saturated
and trans fat. Each has different effects on our bodies. If you want to
eat healthy, think in terms of “love it, limit it, or lose it.”
Unsaturated fat: LOVE IT
There are two kinds of unsaturated fat — polyunsaturated and
monounsaturated. Dietary fats and oils usually contain a mixture of
polyunsaturated, monounsaturated and saturated fats. Fats and oils
with higher amounts of unsaturated fat are typically liquid at room
temperature and start to turn solid when chilled. Corn oil is an example
of a primarily polyunsaturated fat, and olive oil is an example of a
primarily monounsaturated fat.
Unsaturated fats can help reduce bad (LDL) cholesterol and
triglyceride levels in your blood and lower your risk of heart disease
and stroke. They also provide nutrients to help develop and maintain
your body’s cells. Oils rich in unsaturated fats provide vitamin E, an
antioxidant vitamin most of us need more of.
Polyunsaturated fat also provides essential omega- 6 and omega- 3
fatty acids that your body needs but can’t produce on its own. These
you must get through food. Omega- 6 and omega- 3 fatty acids are
SOME FAT IS
GOOD FOR US,
SOME IS BAD.
SKINNY ON FATS.
Excerpted and adapted from Heart.org