What's The Difference Between Polyunsaturated & Monounsaturated Fats? Trans Fats?

So, you've heard there are good types of fat vs. bad types of fat, but you're not exactly sure which is which? Is there a type of fat that's good for your health? How much fat should you eat in your diet? CAN you eat fat in your diet?

Yes, it's actually recommended that approximately 25-35% of your daily calories come from fats. Which types of fats should they come from?

Unsaturated fats should be the bulk of your fat intake, if not all. The two types of unsaturated fats are monounsaturated and polyunsaturated.

You should limit or cut your intake of saturated fats or trans fats.

But, let's get back to the good fats. Monounsaturated and polyunsaturated. What's the difference?

One of the differences of these fats outside of the body is that saturated fats are solid at room temperature, as poly and mono are liquid at room temperature and when chilled.

Monounsatured fats are connected with lowering cholesterol, raising HDL levels (good) and lowering LDL levels (bad) in cholesterol. Generally found in peanut oils, canola, and olive oil. They are also high in Vitamin E.

Polyunsaturated fats are high in omega-3 and omega-6, two nutrients your body needs but cannot produce itself. These play a huge role in brain function and body development. I hope you like fish, because salmon and trout contain high amounts of polyunsaturated fats.

Fats should always be eaten in moderation along with a balanced diet that includes carbs and proteins as well.

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