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Some fats can be beneficial to your health. Unsaturated fats, which include polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats, can improve your cholesterol levels and promote a healthier heart. Polyunsaturated fats can be found in various foods, including fish and walnuts. Monounsaturated fats can also be used to make recipes healthier.

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For example, when a recipe calls for butter, consider substituting a monounsaturated fat such as olive oil or a polyunsaturated fat such as sunflower oil. According to the Harvard School of Public Health, both polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats help reduce “bad” cholesterol, also known as low-density lipoprotein, or LDL, while increasing high-density lipoprotein, or HDL, a protective cholesterol often

referred to as “good” cholesterol. LDL can build up in the bloodstream and form plaque that lines the walls of the arteries, which can increase a person’s risk of heart disease. Though saturated fats can be part of a healthy diet, it’s best to make sure consumption of saturated fats is minimal. Sources of saturated fat include meat, poultry with skin attached and whole-milk dairy products.

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