> Fats are categorized as saturated, polyunsaturated or monounsaturated, depending on the predominant fatty acid they contain.
> Generally speaking, saturated fats (found in animal products, like meat, cheese and ice cream as well as hydrogenated vegetable oils), tend to raise blood cholesterol levels. The process of hydrogenating oils, which makes them harder at room temperature, produces trans-fatty acids - which also raise blood cholesterol levels and should be avoided.
> Polyunsaturated fats can be "good" or "bad", depending on whether they are primarily Omega-6 fats OR Omega-3 fats.
> While small amounts of Omega-3 and Omega-6 are called "essential," meaning our bodies can't make them, the amounts required are very small and can be met from plant products, which have a good balance of the 2 fats.
>Our diet is typically over loaded with Omega-6 fatty acids, with inadequate amounts of Omega-3.
> Monounsaturated fats, found in Olive oil and Avocado. These fats are "healthy" fats, and can be eaten in moderation.
> Olive oil is a healthy alternative for cooking at a light to moderate heat or used cold. If the flavour is too strong for you, you can purchase "light" olive oils which have the same calories as regular olive oil, but are lighter in flavour.