The 411 On Unsaturated Fats

Doctors may be as confused about what dietary advice to pass on to their patients as the patients themselves — even when it comes to protecting against heart disease through diet, according to U.S., British and Italian reports.

Part of the problem is the continuing lack of nutrition education offered in medical schools. Another is the lack of time doctors have to spend with patients. But one piece of information that is getting through is to eat less saturated fat and more unsaturated fat — a better replacement strategy than eating “low-fat” packaged foods that are actually very high in refined carbohydrates, such as sugar.

But which unsaturated fats should you choose from?

First, know that there are two main types: monounsaturated and polyunsaturated. Most foods high in unsaturated fats contain