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Mono Fatty Acids

Also Known As : Monounsaturated fatty acid, MUFAs

Vegetarian

Description

Mono Fatty Acids are fatty acids that have one double bond in the fatty acid chain and all of the remainder carbon atoms being single-bonded. They are found in plant foods like nuts(such as almonds, cashews, pecans), avocados, nut butters and vegetable oils. They are considered as healthy fats and provide a number of health benefits. The most common type of monounsaturated fatty acid is Oleic acid, comprising around 90% of those found in the diet. The other types include palmitoleic acid, vaccenic acid, undecylenic acid, myristoleic acid, erucic acid, petroselinic acid and cetoleic acid. They are liquid at room temperature and start to harden when chilled. They can be beneficial to health, consumed in moderation, in place of saturated and trans fats.

Health benefits

  • Mono Fatty Acids is more effective than high-carb diets for weight loss. (1)
  • They can help to reduce blood cholesterol and triglycerides, reducing the risk of heart diseases. (1)
  • They can helps to control high blood pressure levels in the body, promoting heart health. (1)
  • They can help reduce the risk of certain cancers such as breast cancer. (1)
  • They help to improve insulin sensitivity and prevent high blood sugar and type 2 diabetes. (1)
  • They help to reduce inflammation that contributes to chronic diseases such as obesity and heart disease. (1)

Note

Excessive consumption of mono fatty acids in the body increases calorie content in the body and lead to weight gain. A high fat, rich in mono fatty acids is associated with increased risk of heart diseases and gallstones. (2)

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