Fats

Fats are a source of energy. We distinguish two different sorts of them: saturated and unsaturated fats.

 

I sea pasta contains 2,7 grams of fat per 100 grams, is high in unsaturated fats (2 grams!) and contains around 0,2 grams of omega 3. I sea bacon contains 1,4 grams of fat per 100 grams, and is high in unsaturated fats as well: 1,1 grams of the fats are unsaturated!

 

Saturated

Saturated fats consist of fat molecules that do not have any double bond in their molecular structure, which makes them very ‘tough’. Eating these fats will increase the bad cholesterol in your blood.

 

Unsaturated

Unsaturated fats consist of fat molecules that have one or more double bonds in their molecular structure. The fats increase the good cholesterol and are able to reduce the bad cholesterol. Some unsaturated fats are especially good for our health, like the omega 3 fats that I sea pasta contains. They improve the good/bad cholesterol ratio and thereby protect us against cardiovascular diseases.

 

Omega 3

Omega 3 fats are a form of unsaturated fats of which the most known ones are alpha linolenic acid (ALA), docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA). All fat molecules that are unsaturated have one or more double bonds in their chain of carbon atoms, which means that their form is ‘bent’.

 

Omega 3 fats all have the first double bond at the third carbon atom, and they have more than one double bond (poly unsaturated fats). ALA is an essential amino acid, which means that your body cannot produce it itself, so it needs to get it via nutrition. Your body can produce some EPA and DHA from ALA, but this is not enough, so you still need to get it from fish or fish oil. I sea pasta contains 0,2g omega 3 fats per 100 grams, of which 69% is ALA. This means that I sea pasta is a source of omega 3.

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