All cooking fats and oils are made up of saturated, polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fatty acids in different proportions.
Generally, oils and fats with a high proportion of saturated fat are less healthy than those with higher poly and mono unsaturated fats.
Polyunsaturated fats can help lower cholesterol, omega-3 polyunsaturates may help protect against heart disease and omega-6 fatty acids may help with growth and brain function.
Monounsaturated fats can also help lower cholesterol if they replace saturated fats. Monounsaturated fats may also help decrease the risk of breast cancer and rheumatoid arthritis pain.
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