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Name: Brian C.
Status: Student
Age: 20s
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Date: September 2002

My question has two parts; or rather I have to questions. Please help me. What is the difference in polyunsaturated fats and mono unsaturated fats? And which is worse for your body?

Monounsaturated fats contain "side chains" a single carbon-carbon double bond. In polyunsaturated fats, the "side chains" contain several carbon-carbon double bonds. Both monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats are necessary for proper nutrition. I am not a nutritionist, however, and will not speculate about which type is safer to consume in large quantities.

Richard E. Barrans Jr., Ph.D.
Director of Academic Programs
PG Research Foundation, Darien, Illinois

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