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Default 09-02-2004, 11:19 AM

what are some good examples of unsaturated fat and why is it so good for you?
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Default 09-02-2004, 11:22 AM

All fats are combinations of saturated and unsaturated fatty acids, and depending on their proportions, may be called highly saturated or highly unsaturated.

Saturated fatty acids are loaded with all the hydorgen atoms they can carry. Fats that are largely saturated are usually solid at room temperature and keep well (Crisco, for example). These fats come principally from animal sources¬óbutter, dairy products, and meats. Two vegetable oils (coconut and palm oils) are also highly saturated. A diet that is high in saturated fats can result in high blood cholesterol levels (which can lead to heart desease).

unSaturated fatty acids don't have all the hydrogen atoms they can carry. Depending on the number of missing hydrogen atoms, these fatty acids are called either monounsaturated (olive, canola, peanut & avocado oils) or polyunsaturated (corn, safflower & sesame oils). The important dietary unsaturated fats come from plants and fish. They generally are liquid at room temperature (and require more care to keep from spoiling).
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Default 09-02-2004, 11:26 AM

Before the modern diet, we ate very few saturated fats. We just aren't built for that diet.

The important thing to note, is that you need saturated fats, but your body can make as many as it needs. It won't unsaturate them however. So if you eat a diet with as much unsaturated fats as possible %-wise, you don't have to worry about a thing.
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