POLYUNSATURATED AND MONOUNSATURATED FATS

 

  • Are liquid at room temperature.
  • Are found in plant and vegetable oils.
  • Some rich sources of polyunsaturated fats are oils (safflower, sesame, soy, corn, cottonseed, sunflower seeds), nuts, seeds and fatty fishes. No more than 7-8 % of the total calories should come from polyunsaturated fat.
  • Monounsaturated fats are found in olive, canola, peanut oils and in avocados. About 12-13% of total calories should come from these.
  • Do not raise blood cholesterol levels and may help lower blood cholesterol when used in place of saturated fats.
  • In moderation, unsaturated fats help promote health and well being by maintaining skin and hair, storing and transporting fat soluble vitamins A, D, E, and K, protecting cell walls, keeping our bodies warm, and protecting organs.
  • Unsaturated oils should be used in place of saturated fats wherever possible in your child’s diet, as they do not increase cholesterol and may lower it.