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Dietary Fats & Cooking oil

Adding fats & oils to our food not only helps in cooking but also helps to increase the flavor, add nutritional values, and as a heat transfer medium. To start with let's know about what does the oil contains? From those facts which are suitable for health and which are not? The fats are nutrient that gives us energy which helps in absorption of fat-soluble vitamins. Fats are divided into two parts

 1.Saturated fatalso known as 'solid fat,' like cheese. Saturated fat is also found in tropical oil such as coconut oil, palm oil, and cocoa butter. We see these oil kind of oils in many snacks, coffee creamers, and whipped topping. Food made with butter, shortening, etc. like (cakes, cookies, and desserts ) have a lot of saturated fat. Saturated fat can raise our cholesterol level.

2. Unsaturated fat- is liquid at room temperature. It is mostly in oils from plants. Unsaturated fats are healthier than saturated fats. This divided into two parts-

A. Monounsaturated fats
B. Polyunsaturated fats

A. Monounsaturated fats(MUFAs)- are the good fats, liquid at room temperature. Eating foods that are high in MUFAs may help lower your "bad" LDL cholesterol. It may also keep "good" HDL cholesterol high. (but only eating unsaturated fat without cutting back  on saturated fat won't help you lower your cholesterol). Sources of MUFAs are avocado, olive oil, canola oil, nuts. So we know that the oil that contains monounsaturated fats are good.

B. Polyunsaturated fats- These type of fats is mainly found in vegetable oil, sunflower oil, sesame oil, soybean oil, and corn oil. This is also the central fat we find in seafood. Polyunsaturated fats also help lower LDL "bad" cholesterol. There two types of polyunsaturated fats

1.Omega-3 fatty acids- found mainly in fish oils, from plants like soybean oil, canola oil, and walnuts, also found in oily fish and shellfish, etc. Beneficial for our heart protects against high blood pressure.

2.Omega-6 fatty acids- found mostly in soybean oil and corn oil.
So from the above discussion, we get a rough idea that unsaturated fats are better than the saturated fats and unsaturated fats that contain more monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats are better for our daily healthy diet. 

*Disclaimer- This article is written to provide only information and general idea.
This article should not be used, to diagnose or treat any medical condition.
Please consult your healthcare provider before any diagnosis, treatment or medication.


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