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Do fats always increase blood-cholesterol?


There are basically two types of fats: The saturated fats and the unsaturated fats. Broadly speaking, the saturated fats are solid (or semisolid) at room temperature, while the unsaturated fats are more in a liquid form. Oils contain more of unsaturated fats than saturated ones.

Saturated fats have a tendency towards increasing LDL (Low Density Lipoprotein - "the bad cholesterol"). It is the unsaturated fats that don't increase LDL.

Clearly, a diet rich in unsaturated fats is healthier as compared to a diet rich in saturated fats. Furthermore, fats which are polyunsaturated have an even better effect on blood cholesterol profile. These polyunsaturated fats not only keep LDL ("the bad cholesterol") in check, but they also increase HDL ("the good cholesterol"), giving a two-pronged advantage.

Natural fats which are high in Polyunsaturated content are:

Fat Polyunsaturated content
Safflower oil 75%
Sunflower seed oil 65%
Corn oil 65%
Soya bean oil 62%
Cotton seed oil 50%
Margarine 50%

On the other side, these are the fats that have a high Saturated content, thereby proving themselves not-so-good for health:

Fat Saturated content
Coconut oil 92%
Butter 60%
Palm oil 46%

Now you know why is safflower oil better than coconut oil or butter! And now you do know for sure why is butter a heart patient's enemy!

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October 15, 2003