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Bottle of Olive Oil Olives and Olive Leaf FDP Credit africaNot all fats are bad. Saturated fats and trans-fats are bad and have negative effects on your overall health. The good fats, such as olive oil, canola oil, sesame oil, peanut oil, and sunflower oil are all found in the monounsaturated class. Fats like soybean oil, sunflower oil and corn oil are found in the polyunsaturated class.

Foods containing monounsaturated fats include avocados, peanut butter, several nuts and olives; foods with polyunsaturated fats include salmon, tofu, soy milk, flaxseed and some seeds.

At room temperature, the good fats are liquid, while saturated fats take a solid form.

Don’t forget the omega-3 fatty acids--along with supporting general health, these fats help reduce symptoms of depression, and prevent memory loss and dementia. Learn more about good fats by reading our Bright Hub guides.

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