Definitions for "Unsaturated fats"
The type of fat, such as vegetable oil, that is usually liquid at room temperature. ( See monounsaturated fat and polyunsaturated fat.)
Mainly come from plants and are liquid (oil) in form. Largely polyunsaturated fats include corn oil, soybean oil, sunflower oil, and sesame oil. Largely monounsaturated fats, which may lower blood cholesterol levels, include olive oil, canola oil, and peanut oil.
These are "good" fats. They are calledunsaturated because they have one or more open "carbon spots." Unsaturated fats can be divided intotwo categories: polyunsaturated fasts and monounsaturated fats. Unsaturated fats have been shownto help reduce cholesterol and triglyceride levels in the blood. This category of fats includes theessential fatty acids linolenic and linolenic.