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Polyunsaturated Fat

Soybean Oil: Source of Polyunsaturated Fat

Which is

Polyunsaturated fat is a fatty acid. This type of fat is very present in oils of plant origin and fish. The main types of polyunsaturated fat are omega 3 and omega 6.

Main sources of omega 6

- Soy oil

- Sunflower oil

- Corn oil

- Golden flaxseed

- Eggs

Main sources of omega 3

- Sardines

- Canola oil

- Olive oil

- Herring

- Fish oil

- Salmon

- Linseed oil

Functions in the human organism:

- They act in the proper functioning of the immune system;

- Assists in the maintenance of cell membranes;

- Has anti-inflammatory action on cells;

- Helps to lower LDL (bad cholesterol) levels in the blood;

- Helps to decrease the amount of triglycerides in the blood;

- Acts in the process of manufacturing hormones.

What consumption of excess polyunsaturated fats can cause:

- Free radical formation due to the high oxidation power.

- May cause health problems such as myocardial infarction, atherosclerosis and lymphomas.

Did you know?

- Oils rich in polyunsaturated fats should be consumed in moderation and in the natural state (in natura), because if heated at high temperatures (frying) may lose their benefits.