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Difference between Saturated Fats & Unsaturated Fats

Difference between Saturated Fats & Unsaturated Fats

There are two types of fats: saturated and unsaturated fats. Saturated fats are also called bad fats, unsaturated fats are known as good fats. The difference between the fats is made on the basis of the chemical structure of the fats.

Saturated fats

Saturated fats are bad fats. They can be found in products such as cakes, pastries and crisps and in many animal products, such as meat, cheese and butter. Too many saturated fats are not good for your body because they increase blood cholesterol levels.

Unsaturated fats

Unsaturated fats are good fats. These fats are found in vegetable oils such as olive, sunflower, rapeseed and linseed oil and in products made from them, such as spreadable margarine, low-fat margarine and liquid baking and frying products. You can also get them from nuts and oily fish. Among the unsaturated fats are also the well-known essential fats Omega 3 and Omega 6 . Unsaturated fats have a positive effect on your body: they reduce the bad cholesterol in your body.

Do you often forget what good fats and bad fats are? Then use the following mnemonic: 'Saturated fat is Wrong, Unsaturated fat is Okay'.