Happy Thursday! Today’s article is about unsaturated fats/oils. You know by now that fats/oils are a class of macronutrients essential to the human body. It is for this reason that the American Heart Association (AHA) recommends getting 25-35% of calories from fat daily. Why is there so much controversy around the topic of fat consumption you might ask? The answer lies in the type of fat along with characteristics such as amount consumed. Unsaturated fats are the go to guys for a healthy NR.
Health benefits: Made of chains of carbon molecules connected by one double bond (monounsaturated) or more (polyunsaturated), unsaturated fats are famous for their ability to lower LDL "bad" cholesterol, while increasing HDL "good" cholesterol, which is important for heart and overall body health.
Food sources: Food sources of unsaturated fats include vegetable oils (eg: olive, canola oils, etc..), nuts, seeds, fatty fish (salmon), and avocadoes to name a few.
Well, that's it for today guys! I'll talk to you tomorrow.
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