There are two types of fat – saturated fat and unsaturated fat.
Unsaturated fat can be either monounsaturated fat or polyunsaturated fat.
The body needs fat for a number of reasons:
Unsaturated fat is liquid at room temperature, for example rape seed oil or olive oil.
Unsaturated fats come from plant sources and therefore are better for us than saturated fats.
Monounsaturated fats have one double bond ('mono' meaning one)
Polyunsaturated fats have more than one double bond ('poly' meaning many)
Saturated fat is usually solid at room temperature, for example butter.
Saturated fats come from animal sources and therefore tend to be very unhealthy.
We can get saturated fat from the following sources:
We can get unsaturated fat from the following sources: