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Unsaturated Fats

Unsaturated Fats

Unsaturated fats (or unsaturated fatty acids) are good fats.

Unsaturated fats

Unsaturated fats also known as the good fats help maintain normal cholesterol levels in the blood and support cardiovascular functions.

The chemical structure of the fats is different in unsaturated fat as compared to saturated fat. In unsaturated fats, the atoms are loosely placed from each other making the it soft or liquid at room temperature.

Unsaturated fats are an important part of a healthy diet.  There is no exact recommendation for the total amount of unsaturated fats, but it is advisable that between three to twelve percent of your daily intake should be polyunsaturated fats. For women who consume 2000 calories, this would amount to 7 to 27 grams per day, for men who consume 2500 calories this is between 8 and 33 grams.