Fats are basically long hydrocarbon chains. Saturated fatty acids have no double bonds between the individual carbon atoms of the fatty acid chain and are thus easier for the body to break down than unsaturated or polyunsaturated fats. Saturated fats have been linked to many health risks including cardiovascular disease and cancer. However, concern has been expressed over the health risks of replacing saturated fats in the diet with refined carbohydrates, which carry a high risk of obesity and heart disease, particularly at the expense of polyunsaturated fats which have clear health benefits. So the ideal diet consists of polyunsaturated fats and unrefined carbohydrates. Do a bit of research and list one food item from each of the following groups: saturated fat, polyunsaturated fat, monounsaturated fat, refined carbohydrate, unrefined carbohydrate. You might start by reading some of your home food labels! Finally, address why partially hydrogenated oils are so unhealthy.

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