Posted by: Anonymous | 2009-07-28


What fats according to the food labels are bad, and what are good fats? I know saturated are bad, and unsaturated good. However what about poly / mono unsaturated, and hydrogenated etc?

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Dear Fats
Basically mono- and polyunsaturated fats are 'good' and saturated and trans-fatty acids are 'bad' for health. Hydrogenation refers to a process that turns good fats like the polyunsaturated fats into 'bad' saturated fats. For example oils like olive and canola oil are rich in monounsaturated fats which are particularly beneficial to heart health, sunflower oil and soft or tub margarine with a high polyunsaturated fat content are also good for the heart. When these liquid or semi-liquid oils and fats are hydrogenated they form solid saturated fats (brick margarine). So buy oils and soft, tub margarine if possible.
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