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Poly and Monosaturated Fat

Can someone explain to me the difference between regular, saturated, polysturated and monosaturated fat? Are they all bad for you? This weekend I was looking at meal replacement shakes/bars and most of them had 1-2 grams of poly and monosaturated fat. Please advise!

Mon. Apr 3, 11:04am

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I noticed this on "boca" foods too, they have poly and mono fats.

Monday, April 03, 2006, 7:14 PM

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Mayo Clinic had this information, the link is there for more info:

* Monounsaturated fat remains liquid at room temperature but may start to solidify in the refrigerator. Foods high in monounsaturated fat include olive, peanut and canola oils. Avocados and most nuts also have high amounts of monounsaturated fat.

* Polyunsaturated fat is usually liquid at room temperature and in the refrigerator. Foods high in polyunsaturated fats include vegetable oils, such as safflower, corn, sunflower, soy and cottonseed oils.

* Omega-3 fatty acids are polyunsaturated fats found mostly in seafood. Good sources of omega 3s include fatty, cold-water fish, such as salmon, mackerel and herring. Flaxseeds, flax oil and walnuts also contain omega-3 fatty acids, and small amounts are found in soybean and canola oils.

* Saturated fat. Usually solid or waxy at room temperature, saturated fat is most often found in animal products — such as red meat, poultry, butter and whole milk. Other foods high in saturated fat include coconut, palm and other tropical oils.

* Trans fat. Also referred to as trans-fatty acids, trans fat comes from adding hydrogen to vegetable oil through a process called hydrogenation. This makes the fat more solid and less likely to turn rancid. Hydrogenated fat is a common ingredient in commercial baked goods — such as crackers, cookies and cakes — and in fried foods such as doughnuts and french fries. Shortenings and some margarines also are high in trans fat.

* Dietary cholesterol. Your body naturally manufactures all of the cholesterol it needs, but you also get cholesterol from animal products, such as meat, poultry, seafood, eggs, dairy products, lard and butter.


Monday, April 03, 2006, 10:59 PM

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The last bullet point is very important:

"you also get cholesterol from animal products, such as meat, poultry, seafood, eggs, dairy products, lard and butter. "

It seems like Trans Fats and Saturated fats are well identified, but we forget the effect of the saturated fat in meat and dairy....

Thursday, April 19, 2007, 11:25 AM

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but just as we eat fat, it doesn't automatically make us fat. I eat 10 eggs at a minimum every week, and havev perfectly normal cholesterol (as well as oodles of yummy red meat). We have canine teeth for a reason...

Thursday, April 19, 2007, 3:46 PM

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Hey not everyone is as lucky as you are. If someone average were to eat 10 eggs a week and oodles of yummy red meat, he/she would have heart attack in 6-12 months. You are one lucky chap but dont push your luck too much. And also by the way, canines are not associated with eating eggs. And nor are they only related to eating meat, they are also related to tearing high density plants not just tearing meats.
Thanks for you input though.

Saturday, April 21, 2007, 7:58 PM

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I'm not a chap. And no, canines aren't for eggs, but they are for tearing meat. And, no I won't be having a heart attack in a year. I eat more bison than beef, which has less saturated fat than chicken.

Saturday, April 21, 2007, 8:50 PM

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The best explanation I've ever heard...

Here's the scientific lowdown, told with a bit of humour and... visual aids!

(from the Food Network show Good Eats)

Skip to time count 01:50 - 05:15

- Hussy


Sunday, April 22, 2007, 2:18 AM

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You should really be careful about your cholesterol. Most doctors don't actually check the right thing for cholesterol. You should be looking at your LDL patter B and little A. Also, cholesterol is just one in HUNDREDS, and possibly THOUSANDS of other risk factors for heart disease. Being skinny doesn't necessarily mean you are healthy. My father trains physicians on the prevention of cancer, stroke and heart attack and so that is why I pass this information on.

Thursday, September 18, 2008, 5:50 PM

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What some people haven't answered for your question is how much you should eat or at what ratio. Monounsaturated fat should be eaten more than polyunsaturated. Further Omega 3 fatty acids you want at a ratio of 6:1 with Omega 6 fatty acids. In other words, kick up the amount of fish you are eating or if you don't like fish or are vegan eat more flax seed. A good way to do this is to put flaxseed in a blender for a few seconds and then proceed to make yourself a shake in the morning.
Another word for the wise: Don't eat anything that has TRANS fat!!! What you might not know is that food manufacturers don't have to put that their product contains trans fat unless it is over .5 grams. So look at the ingredients if it says.... hydrogenated oils or partially hydrogenated oils-- DON'T TOUCH IT. Trans fats cause cancer and heart disease. Hope this helps.

Thursday, September 18, 2008, 5:56 PM

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What kind of foods are high in trans fats?


Thursday, September 18, 2008, 8:07 PM

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You can eat a large amount of eggs without problems. I eat 3 eggs every day and am as healthy as can be. But they have to be high quality free range eggs and it has to be combined with other healthy fats like coconut oil when you bake them. Don't use any of the cheap oils out there, they will make you sick

Monday, October 04, 2010, 4:49 AM

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Eggs contain a higher amount of monounsaturated fat than saturated fat. The Monounsaturated fats will raise your HDL which counters the small rise in LDL making the whole thing a wash. Eggs are good for you. I would worry more about scrambling them at high temps (oxidized cholesterol) than eating them or the cholesterol or fat they contain.
Someone mentioned coconut oil containing bad fat (sat fat). The type of saturated fat in Coconut oil is lauric acid which is also found in breast milk....protective and good for you. It is a medium chain fat. Coconut oil will raise HDL negating any effects of LDL / bad cholesterol ("supposedly" bad).

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