According to Harvard Medical Journal, omega 3 fats “are a key family of polyunsaturated fats.” That’s short and to the point, but what is an unsaturated fat?
An unsaturated fat is a type of loosely packed fat that can help to maintain the health and longevity of your cells. Unsaturated fats are typically liquid at room temperature and considered to be the healthy fats.
So omega 3 fatty acids are simply a special type of unsaturated fat, like a molecular subcategory. It can get even more specific and those omega fatty acids can be broken down into sub-subcategories like omega 3, omega 6, and omega 9 fatty acids. These number groups only denote how far from the end of the bond an omega pair is located.