Meet Poly

Updated:Jul 21,2014

Fats - Poly's Bio (header spot)

My name’s Polyunsaturated Fat.   Most people call me Poly … because I have more than one unsaturated carbon in the molecule.  I don’t get as much attention as my Bad Fats Brothers, Sat and Trans.  In fact, on many Nutrition Facts labels, I am hidden just like my sister Mon.  Here’s a quick tip: Subtract saturated and trans fats from total fats to get roughly the combined amount of Mon and me. 

I love to make new friends.   If you cook with me, I’ll help lower your cholesterol.  Specifically, I’ll help lower your bad LDL cholesterol, which means I can help reduce your chance of developing heart disease.  Pretty neat, huh?

With me by your side, you’re sure to get lots of omega-3 and omega-6.   They’re vital for healthy cell development and brain function, but your body alone can’t produce them.  So it’s wise to eat foods rich in the omegas – my personal favorite is salmon.  Other oily fish (like trout and herring), nuts and seeds are good sources, too.

Of course, I wouldn’t be doing my job as a heart helper if I didn’t tell you to practice a little moderation.  Mon and I are better for you than Sat and Trans, but you don’t want to go crazy with us.  All fats, bad or better, have 9 calories per gram, more than twice the calories of other foods.  But Mon and I are much kinder to your heart, so spend more time with us than you do saturated and trans fats.

Fats - Better Fats Sisters' Menu (button)

The Better Fats Sisters' Menu
Fats - Better Fats Sisters' Downloads (button)

The Better Fats Sisters' Downloads

Fats - The Words I'd like to meet (sisters)
New friends who enjoy trips to the library and trying out new recipes.

Fats - The Words My hero (spot for sisters)
I’ve got a few, namely great scientists like Aristotle and Albert Einstein. 

 Fats - The Words My Interests (spot for sisters' page)