Saturated, Polyunsaturated, Monounsaturated, Omega-3 Fatty Acids and Omega-6 Fatty Acids! Who can keep them straight? Thanks to our friends at Women’s Health Magazine we can! A few helpful tips to keep in mind:
- If the fat is solid at room temperature it is most likely saturated (think butter).
- Polyunsaturated fats tend to be in the liquid form at room temperature (think oils). These fats are found in plant-based foods like nuts and can help to improve cholesterol, control diabetes and prevent against heart disease.
- Monounsaturated Fatty Acids can help to improve cholesterol levels and are found in foods like avocado, peanut butter and olives.
- Omega-3 Fatty Acids helps protect against cardiovascular diseases and inflammation and the best way to get it is to eat salmon at least 3 times a week. This fat can also be found in sardines and walnuts.
- Omega-6 Fatty Acids are tricky, they need to be ingested in a 1 to 1 ration with omega-3’s. Try almond butter or a little margarine. Don’t be afraid of fat, just eat the right type!