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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:

HEALTHY FATS:
* 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.

HARMFUL FATS:
* 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.

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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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