It is extremely necessary to know the source of cooking fats and oils and know how they are made.
To begin with the saturated fats which are got from animal products may include;
Examples of those found in vegetable products;
Palm kernel oil
Saturated fats are solid at normal room temperatures .
Unsaturated fats may be found in both plant and animal products.
Forms of unsaturated fats include;
Sources of polyunsaturated fats include; vegetables,seeds or nuts such as corn, safflower, sunflower, soybean and sesame seed oils.
Polyunsaturated fats can help lower cholesterol campared to saturated fats. Note that they are not reccommended for cooking.
Omega-3 fatty acids which are polyunsaturated fats can be reached from; flaxseed oil, soybean oil, canola oil, walnuts and fatty fish-salmon, mackerel, herring,trout. This help in lowering triglycerides.
Monounsaturated fats can be found in seed or nuts such as avocado, olive,peanut and canola oils.
Monounsaturated fat help reduce total cholesterol and ldl.
Avoid transfats- they are formed when vegetable oils are hydrogenated in to shortening and stivk magarine.
Sources of transfats include; snack foods, baked foods, fried foods. Limit these foods for they raise cholesterol
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