What are unsaturated fats?

The fats (also known as lipids) are certain nutrients that, fundamentally, give us energy in the form of calories.

Popularly, and perhaps erroneously in some aspects, fat is one of the first nutrients that we associate with the high cholesterol, the high triglycerides and the health of our heart.

While it is true that an excess of fat can cause not only an increase in weight, but also high levels of cholesterol, triglycerides and even diabetes, not all fats should be eliminated from our diet, as they are essential for the proper functioning of our organism.

In this regard, for example, the most unsaturated fats, since they help positively when it comes to reducing LDL cholesterol levels.

Unsaturated fats and their effect on health

The unsaturated fats, in the own health, to the being being monounsaturated fatty acids can help to reduce of positive way the levels of cholesterol LDL (denominated like bad cholesterol), at the same time that they increase the HDL (good cholesterol).

In this aspect, for example, we also find polyunsaturated fats, which also help to 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 we can with both monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats (popularly known, precisely, as unsaturated fats).

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

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