Nutrition and DietWhat are unsaturated fats?

What are unsaturated fats?

The fats (also called lipids) are some specific nutrients that fundamentally we provide energy in the form of calories.

Popularly, and perhaps incorrectly in some respects, fat becomes one of the first nutrients we associate with high cholesterol, the triglycerides and health of our heart.

Although it is true that excess fat can cause not only weight gain, but also high levels of cholesterol, triglycerides and even diabetes, we should not eliminate all fats from our diet, as they are essential for proper functioning of our organism.

In this sense, for example, unsaturated fats stand out, since they help positively when it comes to reducing LDL cholesterol levels.

Unsaturated fats and their effect on health.

The unsaturated fats, health itself, being monounsaturated fatty acids can help reduce positively LDL cholesterol levels (referred to as bad cholesterol), at the same time increase the HDL (good cholesterol).

In this aspect, for example, we also find polyunsaturated fats, which also help reduce LDL, but on the contrary, do not raise HDL.

Tricks to consume more unsaturated fats.

The ideal for good health is to replace all the saturated fats that we can with both monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats (popularly known, precisely, as unsaturated fats).

It is better, for example, to opt for a good drizzle of olive oil, than to spread the toast with a little butter, or to substitute an industrial bun for a homemade one.

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