Benefits of Eating Unsaturated Fats

Eating unsaturated fats instead of saturated fats or carbohydrates:

  • lowers levels of low-density lipoprotein (LDL), the bad cholesterol, without also lowering levels of HDL (good) cholesterol
  • prevents the increase in triglycerides that occurs with high-carbohydrate diets
  • reduces the development of erratic heartbeats, a main cause of sudden cardiac death
  • reduces the tendency for blood-flow-blocking clots to form in arteries.

Source: Eat, Drink, and Be Healthy by Walter C. Willet, MD (2001), p.60

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