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How much polyunsaturated fat is healthy?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
A diet containing moderate amounts of polyunsaturated fats can be good for your health. When you choose polyunsaturated fats instead of saturated fats, they can lower your cholesterol.

But large amounts of highly polyunsaturated fats (found in corn, sunflower, safflower and soybean oils) are not good for you. Eating too much of these fats may increase your risk of certain cancers. Cutting back on your overall fat intake and choosing a balance of healthy fats including monounsaturated fats (found in olive oil) and omega-3 fatty acids (a polyunsaturated fat in fatty fish and nuts), is healthier than relying solely on polyunsaturated fats. Remember, in order to lose weight, calories matter -- and all fats are high in calories.

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