02 Dec Unsaturated & Saturated Fats: What is the difference?
There are four different types of fat all varying by the length of the carbon chains and how many hydrogen atoms are bonded to each chain.
Mono and Polyunsaturated fats are considered good fats because there is still some room for the body to bind more hydrogen atoms to the chain, making them usable by the body. These are found in vegetables, nuts, seeds and fish. Monounsaturated fats are highest in avocados and most nuts and seeds. Polyunsaturated fats are the Omega 3’s and 6’s we hear a lot about and are highest in flax and walnuts. These unsaturated fats are essential in building cell membranes and nerve coverings and in reducing harmful LDL cholesterols and triglycerides in our blood. That all said, unsaturated fats should still be limited.
Saturated fats, as the name states, have been fully saturated with hydrogen leaving little use for the body. A diet rich in saturated fats will drive up bad LDL cholesterol. The products with the highest saturated fats are fish, fowl, meat, whole milk, and coconut. My recommendation is to do your best to avoid saturated fats entirely. They have an artery clogging effect, that not only boost insulin resistance but also leads to heart attacks, strokes, dementia, atherosclerosis and a host of other long term conditions.
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