An unsaturated fat is a fat that contains a carbon-carbon double bond
, or a fat containing unsaturated fatty acid
s; such fatty acids have double or triple covalent bond
s and are thus able to add more atoms. Unsaturated fats are believed to lower blood cholesterol
levels and are found at high levels in vegetable oils (olive oil
, safflower oil
As a general rule, unsaturated fats are liquid
at room temperature.
From the BioTech Dictionary at http://biotech.icmb.utexas.edu/. For further information see the BioTech homenode.