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What are polyunsaturated fats?

Polyunsaturated fats are a type of healthy fat along with monounsaturated fats. Polyunsaturated fats can also help lower the level of “bad” LDL cholesterol in your blood compared to saturated fats which are known for increasing your risk for heart disease and other health problems.

Polyunsaturated fats are classified into two types: omega-3 and omega-6. Most people get enough omega-6 in their diet by consuming at least two portions of fish a week, one of which should be an oily fish is recommended to get more omega-3.

Olive oil is a good source of both Omega 6 and omega 3 but it also contains a lot of saturated fats which are unhealthy.

Omega-6 fats are found in vegetable oils, such as:

  • rapeseed oil
  • corn oil
  • sunflower oil
  • Walnuts
  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Soybean oil

Omega-3 fats are found in oily fish, such as:

  • Salmon
  • kippers
  • herring
  • sardines

Other sources include fish oil, flaxseeds, walnuts, and chia seeds.

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