Our expert says:
Generally speaking, the so-called 'good' fats that lower LDL-cholesterol and increase HDL-cholesterol, thus protecting the heart, are: polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats. They are found in plant oils and soft or tub margarine. Then there are the so-called omega-3 and omega-6 fats which are beneficial to health. Omega-3 fats are the most important because our modern western diets tends to be deficient in these fats - they are found in fish (eat fish at least 3 times a week), omega-3-enriched foods (check for omega-3-enriched milk, eggs, bread, etc). Omega-6 fats are more plentiful in the modern diet because they are found in plant oils (sunflower, canola, etc).
The so-called 'bad' fats are the saturated fats that are mainly found in foods produced from animals (fatty meat, cream, butter, etc) and fully hydrogenated margarine and baking fats (all solid margarine contains saturated fats, as do many cakes, biscuits, pies, etc). Finally there are the trans-fats which occur in fatty foods and can be very detrimental to health (check the labels of processed foods to avoid trans-fats).
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