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Unsaturated Fats: Types, Health Benefits and Sources

Unsaturated fats are a type of fat that has at least one double bond in the fatty acid carbon chain. Depending on the number of double bonds between carbon atoms in the molecule of a fatty acid, they are classified into mono- and polyunsaturated fats. The primary sources of unsaturated fat are plant and nut oils. Unsaturated fats do not raise levels of “bad” LDL cholesterol, but they often tend to increase levels of “good” […]

Health Effects of Different Types of Dietary Fats

Fat is one of three types of nutrients (along with protein and carbohydrates) that supply calories to the body. Oils are liquid fats and the two terms may be used interchangeably. In addition to being a major source of energy, fat provides numerous other benefits to the body such as protection and insulation. Fat is also involved in the processes that help regulate heart rate, blood pressure, blood clotting, blood vessel constriction and the functions […]

Saturated vs Unsaturated Fat in Our Diet

We have heard it so many times that fat and cholesterol are bad for our health. Fat makes us overweight and may be linked to certain types of cancer. Too much cholesterol, on the other hand, can lead to a heart attack. However, there is good and bad news in this. Although we now have to worry about the kind of fat we eat, we do not need to eliminate every bit of it from […]