Frequently Asked Questions About "Better" Fats

Updated:Apr 3,2014

Questions About "Better Fats"

The "better" fats are unsaturated fats.

The unsaturated fats (monounsaturated and polyunsaturated) are also found in many foods.  Vegetable oils, nuts, and seafood are recommended sources of these fats.

Monounsaturated:  Canola oil, olive oil, peanut oil, sunflower oil, avocados, and many nuts and seeds.

Polyunsaturated:
  A number of vegetable oils (soybean oil, corn oil and safflower oil), oily fish (salmon, tuna, mackerel, herring and trout), and most nuts and seeds.  The polyunsaturated fats are either from the omega-3 (for example, seafood) or omega-6 (for example, most vegetable oils) family.


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