“Healthy fat” usually refers to monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats. What makes them healthy is that, among other heart-health benefits, they help reduce LDL cholesterol, the kind that clogs your arteries. Research also shows they can benefit insulin and blood sugar levels, decreasing the risk of type 2 diabetes.
Saturated fat gets a lot of bad press, but saturated fat found in coconut oil has been linked to brain restoration and accelerated weight loss.
Monounsaturated fats are among the healthiest of all fats. These are anti-inflammatory, reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, and are full of healthy nutrients
Polyunsaturated fats can also be healthy. The two main types are omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, essential fats our bodies need for brain function and cell growth. Omega-3s are beneficial for every aspect of heart health, and are mostly found in fish and algae, nuts, and seeds.
Other polyunsaturated fats, [omega-6s], can be found in certain plant-based oils. They’re not particularly harmful, but not necessarily beneficial the way omega-3s and monounsaturated fats are.
Omega-6s work alongside omega-3s to lower LDL cholesterol, but research suggests that eating more omega-6 than -3 may contribute to inflammation and weight gain, so the key is to make sure your omega-3 intake is always higher!
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