View Full Version : Fats Question

02-10-2008, 10:38 AM
Im new here, and have also started using fitday to track my calorie intake and activities. What is the difference between poly, sat, and mono fats?
Which ones should I try to stay away from? :confused:


02-10-2008, 10:44 AM
Stay away from trans fats. Monounsaturates, found in things like olive oil, are linked to metabolic efficiencies. Saturated fat is not a problem as long as it isn't from a hydrogenated oil. Most current studies are indicating that saturated fats have got a bad rep on behalf of trans fats.


02-10-2008, 10:55 AM
Saturated-found in meat, solid at room temperature, no double carbon bonds
Monounsaturates-One carbon double bond
Polyunsaturates-Multiple double carbon bonds, liquid at room temp, things like olive oil.
Trans fats and hydrogenated fats tend to be in processed food, you should avoid these.

02-10-2008, 11:28 AM
awesome, thanks a lot for the help guys.

Trans fats are like in potato chips, and fast foods right? didnt they ban trans fats in some foods?

02-10-2008, 11:45 AM
They did ban trans fats in many foods. Chips often claim they are trans fats but there is a little.

Trans fats can also be found in minute quantities in milk/cow products. Bacteria in the rumen of the cow produce small amounts of the stuff that the cow absorbs. A cup of 2% milk can contain 0.1-0.2 grams of trans fat. It is bad for you but such small amounts wont hurt you.

Think about it... Typically we eat 80 grams of fat a day. Assuming you drink 1 cup of this milk a day thats only 0.13% of all your fat intake. Weve been eating/drinking trans fats at this percentage for a while now. Just dont go crazy with it.

02-10-2008, 08:12 PM
Also, don't use fitday to track activities. Just for calories/macros.

02-10-2008, 09:15 PM
Also, don't use fitday to track activities. Just for calories/macros.

ok, why is that?

02-11-2008, 08:44 AM
Because it is horrably inaccurate for that.

02-11-2008, 08:54 AM
Because it is horrably inaccurate for that.

cool, thanks for the tip.