Poly and Monounsaturated Fats
Name: Brian C.
Date: September 2002
My question has two parts; or rather I have to
questions. Please help me. What is the difference in polyunsaturated
fats and mono unsaturated fats? And which is worse for your body?
Monounsaturated fats contain "side chains" a single carbon-carbon double
bond. In polyunsaturated fats, the "side chains" contain several
carbon-carbon double bonds. Both monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats
are necessary for proper nutrition. I am not a nutritionist, however, and
will not speculate about which type is safer to consume in large quantities.
Richard E. Barrans Jr., Ph.D.
Director of Academic Programs
PG Research Foundation, Darien, Illinois
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