What Are Total Count Of Monounsaturated Fatty Acids?

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Olive oil contains monounsaturated fatty acids

Monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFAs) are chemically classified as fatty acids containing a single double bond.

Our body needs fat from the food we eat. It's a major source of energy.

Unsaturated fats are considered beneficial fats because they might improve blood cholesterol levels, ease inflammation, and stabilize heart rhythms.

They have also shown other beneficial activities. There are no dietary recommendations for monounsaturated fatty acids.

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Monounsaturated Fatty Acids In Olive Oil

Virgin olive oil, produced by mechanically pressing ripe olives, contains multiple bioactive compounds, such as polyphenols, phytosterols, and vitamin E. (source )

What Means Total Count

It's when all saturated fatty acids are counted together in a food.

Not specified in the different sorts or kinds.

Examples of common monounsaturated fatty acids:

Benefits Of Monounsaturated Fatty Acids

Monounsaturated fatty acids provide great flexibility in diet planning because they can be used to replace saturated fats, carbohydrates, or calories from both. (source )

To change from a diet rich in saturated fats to a diet rich in monounsaturated fatty acids improves insulin sensitivity. (source )

Foods You Can Find Monounsaturated Fatty Acids In

You find monounsaturated fatty acids mostly in fats and oil products.

Examples of food sources include

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