What are Unsaturated Fats?

Looking Thru Magnifying Glass at Unsaturated Fats

There are two main types of fats that people consume in their diets. They are saturated fats and unsaturated fats. Saturated fats bad for the body because they tend to stick together and can clog the blood vessels that lead to and from the heart. Saturated fats come from animal foods and should be consumed in moderation. While saturated fats are frowned upon, unsaturated fats are much better for you. These fats will actually help lower your risk of high cholesterol while preventing the accumulation of saturated fats.

Saturated fats come in two forms, monounsaturated and polyunsaturated. The main difference between the two is that monounsaturated fats have one bond, while polyunsaturated fats have two or more. Both work in much the same way, by attaching themselves to other molecules and acting as a catalyst for change. Included are unsaturated fats in your diet helps to reduce the amount of cholesterol and LDL fats in the bloodstream. As the LDL numbers begin to fall, the risk of plaque and fats building up in the arteries is also dramatically lowered.

Unsaturated fats can be found in many different types of foods. Some of the best sources of monounsaturated fats include olive oil, soybean oil, rice bran, avocados, cod liver oil and hazelnuts. Polyunsaturated fats can be found in soybean oil, sunflower oil, salmon, mackerel, tuna and other types of fish. While most types of fats are lumped together when being included on a list of ingredients, if you know where the fats are coming from, you will be able to identify what type of fats are in the food you are eating. Try cooking from scratch and making your own menu plans. Then you will know exactly what is in your food!


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