Finally, fats aficionados officially have license to eat “a lot” of the stuff, according to a new study–if the fats are of the healthy, unsaturated varieties, that is.
Substitution of SFA with PUFA in patients with MetS is associated with greater reductions in TG and improvement in endothelial function than MUFA that is independent of WL. These preliminary findings raise the possibility that PUFA may be the unsaturated fat of choice to reduce cardiometabolic risk in patients with MetS.
Unsaturated fats are considered the ‘healthy’ fats and they’re important to include as part of a healthy diet. These fats help reduce the risk of high blood cholesterol levels and have other health benefits when they replace saturated fats in the diet.
Unsaturated fats are liquid at room temperature, unlike saturated fats that are solid at room temperature. Healthy unsaturated fats come in two main forms, polyunsaturated and monounsaturated. These differ in their chemical structure and they have slightly different health benefits as a result.
So before you succumb to wishful thinking that you can eat well-marbled steaks, pork ribs and full-fat dairy products with abandon, you’d be wise to consider the findings of what is probably the most comprehensive, commercially untainted review of the dietary fat literature yet published.
Using the shorthand of fats, saturated and trans fats comprise “unhealthy” fats, while unsaturated fats – both monounsaturated and polyunsaturated – qualify as “healthy” choices for your diet. In clinical studies, both types of unsaturated fats show promise for controlling different risk factors for heart disease, with polyunsaturated having a slight edge overall.
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Saturated fats can adversely affect certain aspects of your lipid profile and increase risk for cardiovascular disease, which is why unsaturated fats—which have the opposite, positive affect—are preferred. There are two types: monounsaturated fat and polyunsaturated fat. Although they differ slightly, including both types in your diet can help improve your heart health and lipids.
Good fats come mainly from vegetables, nuts, seeds, and fish. They differ from saturated fats by having fewer hydrogen atoms bonded to their carbon chains. Healthy fats are liquid at room temperature, not solid. There are two broad categories of beneficial fats: monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats.
Fish farmers, butter producers and others are struggling to increase output as consumers eat more good fat.
For years, fat had been shunned as a pariah of the food groups. All fatty foods were thought to be "bad" and something to be banished from our plates. However, recent research shows that cutting out this vital macronutrient altogether from your diet isn't actually healthy. This is because your body needs fat to perform a host of vital functions.