What is polyunsaturated fat?

Polyunsaturated Fat

Question on Polyunsaturated Dietary Fat, Saturated Fats, Omega-3 and Omega-6 EFAs

Polyunsaturated fats are healthier than saturated fats, but like ALL fats they are high in calories and should be eaten sparingly.

Polyunsaturated fat is found in vegetable oils like soyabean, corn, sunflower and safflower. They also occur in oily fish. Polyunsaturated fats remain liquid at room temperature.

The good news: polyunsaturated fat provides essential fatty acids for healthy skin and the development of body cells.

The less good news: polyunsaturates which are rich in omega-6 essential fatty acids are now considered to be a slight health risk. Instead, for optimum health, choose polyunsaturates that are rich in omega-3 EFAs. These include: flax oil, hemp oil, pumpkin seeds, walnuts or oily fish.