The Fats We Love

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When it comes to chosing your fats, you want to aim for the unsaturated variety. Unsaturated fats are liquid at room temperature. As with many other nutrients, your body needs these, but it can’t make them, so it’s essential to get them from the food you eat.

There are 2 kinds of unsaturated fats: polyunsaturated and monounsaturated:

Polyunsaturated fats are primarily found in vegetable oils (such as safflower, sesame, soy, corn, and sunflower) as well as nuts and seeds. These fats have a variety of benefits, from helping to protect your muscles to helping your blood to clot.

Monounsaturated fats can be found in foods like olive oil, canola oil, peanut oil, avocados, and nuts. These fats are beneficial for your blood cholesterol levels and insulin and blood-sugar regulation.

You’ve probably heard about omega-3 fatty acids, which are among the essential fatty acids we need. Omega-3s are unsaturated fats, and they’re typically found in fatty fish, like salon, tuna, and mackerel.

 

-Diaz, Cameron. The Body Book: The Law of Hunger, the Science of Strength, and Other Ways to Love Your Amazing Body. N.p.: HarperCollins, n.d. Print.

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