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Optimum Nutrition by Stephanie Green

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CHAPTER8

Fats and Cholesterol

In This Chapter

  • Identifying sources of good and bad fats in foods
  • Why is fat essential in your diet?
  • How to increase good cholesterol levels
  • Do your cholesterol numbers put you at risk?

Fats are essential to a healthy diet but can also be detrimental to your health. Getting the right type and in the correct amounts is important for good health. The body is capable of synthesizing most fats from the foods you eat. However, there are two fats that must be consumed through your diet because your body cannot make them: omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids.

Fats are involved in many functions, such as the absorption of ...

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