Sunday, August 10, 2008

Fats (Yaglar)

Saturated Fats
Saturated fats are generally solid at room temperature. They are primarily found in animal products such as butter, milk, cream, and lard. Some plant foods, such as palm oil, coconut oil, vegetable shortening, and some peanut butters have large amounts of these fats. They have been known to increase blood cholesterol levels.

Unsaturated Fats

They are found mostly in plant-based foods. They are generally liquid at room temperature. Sunflower oil, corn oil, olive, peanut and other nuts, etc.

*Polyunsaturated Fats
Polyunsaturated fats are usually liquid at room temperature and tend to lower blood cholesterol levels. Fats such as sunflower oil, corn oil, and soft margarines have large amounts of polyunsaturated fats.

*Monounsaturated Fats

They can be liquid or solid at room temperature, and can be found both in plant or animal sources. Olive, peanut, and canola oils are high in this fat. Monounsaturated fats have been shown to decrease cholesterol levels. The healthiest cooking oils are olive oil and canola.

Trans-Fatty Acids

Fats produced when hydrogen is added to liquid vegetable oil, turning it into a solid fat. Found in shortening, stick margarine, doughnuts and other baked goods.