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Mono- and polyunsaturated fatty acids

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Mono- and polyunsaturated fatty acids

Postby wheel » Fri Apr 11, 2008 2:37 pm

Between monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fatty acids, which is better in terms of its effect on our health? Thanks in advance!
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Postby MrMistery » Fri Apr 11, 2008 3:02 pm

our body can readily insert double bonds between C9 and C10 of fatty acids, so eating monounsaturated fatty acids wouldn't do much good. However, polyunsaturated fatty acids are a whole different story: some are essential for humans and we cannot make them. The most common example is linoleic acid. There are basically two main groups of essential fatty acids: the omega-3 group and the omega-6 group(which linoleic acid belongs to). For more information, google it ;)
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