Unsaturated fats are fats or fatty acids that are liquid a room temperature. Unsaturated fats are derived from plants and some animals. They contain at least one double bond in their fatty acid chain. Conversely, a saturated fat has no double bonds meaning it is saturated with hydrogen atoms.
Monounsaturated fats contain only one double bond within carbon chain.
Here are examples of unsaturated fats that are monounsaturated fats with their common name, if they have one, and their numeric name:
Polyunsaturated fats have more than one double bond.
Here are examples of unsaturated fats that are polyunsaturated with their common name and numeric name
Omega-3 polyunsaturated fats are essential fatty acids that our bodies need.
Here are examples of foods that contain high amounts of omega-3 polyunsaturated fats:
Omega-6 polyunsaturated fats are an essential fatty acid that our bodies need, but can't make.
Here are examples of foods that contain high amounts of omega-6 polyunsaturated fats:
Eating foods that are high in unsaturated fat, such as nuts, can help reduce the amount of cholestrol in your blood.
Here are examples of some of the nuts, dry roasted, with their polyunsaturated fat content and the monounsaturated fat content expressed in grams per 100 grams of food:
Vegetable oils are also good sources of unsaturated fats.
Here are examples of some of them with the polyunsaturated fat content and the monounsaturated fat content expressed in grams per 100 grams of food:
Now you have seen many examples of unsaturated fats as well as some foods that are good sources of unsaturated fats.
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