Unsaturated Fats and Kidney Disease

Unsaturated Fats and Kidney Disease

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                  Ann Haibeck, RD, LDN Renal Dietitian Decoding Unsaturated Fats Unsaturated fats are generally healthier than saturated fats and trans fats; the National Kidney Foundation and American Heart Association recommend consuming mostly unsaturated fats. These types of fats are more likely to reduce inflammation and promote heart health than saturated fats. Unsaturated fats can be categorized as monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats. Polyunsaturated fats can further be classified as omega-3 fatty acids and omega-6 fatty acids. So what do each of these mean for your health as a kidney patient? Monounsaturated Fats Kidney patients are known to have a higher risk of cardiovascular disease when compared with people without kidney disease. Monounsaturated fats are known to decrease LDL cholesterol (“bad” cholesterol), thereby lowering the risk…
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