Q. What’s the healthy scoop on fat? Monounsaturated vs. polyunsaturated?

Question submitted by Jenn Bar via Facebook

A. There are two main types of unsaturated fats—monounsaturated and polyunsaturated, each with its own positive qualities. Monounsaturated fat, from foods like canola oil, olive oil, avocados, and almonds, helps lower bad cholesterol (LDL) while maintaining good cholesterol (HDL) and has been shown to protect against heart disease, stroke, and cancer.

Polyunsaturated fats come in two types—omega-3 and omega-6. Both are essential—meaning you must get them though your diet to prevent a deficiency. Omega-3 and omega-6 fats are both critical to the health of all of our cells, especially those associated with the skin and the immune system, but they play different roles in our bodies. Most of us get plenty of omega-6 from salad dressings and cooking oils, especially when dining out.

For a healthy balance, the thing to focus on is getting more omega-3 and monounsaturated fats. That means getting your fat from foods like fish, nuts, seeds, avocado and tofu, and using oils like canola, olive and nut oils.

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