Monounsaturated Fats – “The Great, But Not The Best” Type

 

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Monounsaturated fats are good because their structure is a double carbon bond with cis-hydrogen atoms meaning that the hydrogens are on the same side. These aren’t saturated meaning that they do not have extra hydrogen atoms in them. Too many hydrogen atoms can cause heavy oxidation which is very unhealthy, as in the case of trans-fats.

Monounsaturated fats have been proven to lower total cholesterol levels especially LDL cholesterols (the bad ones) and decrease cardiovascular heart disease risk relative to saturated fats.

 

 

Health meter:

8/10 – Stick to 20-30% of your diet for unsaturated fats. Although polyunsaturated fats are better, monounsaturated fats, aren’t unhealthy unless consumed in large amounts (40%+ of your diet). These are the fats you should be snacking on for happiness and nutrition.

 

References:

http://circ.ahajournals.org/content/100/11/1253

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