Monounsaturated Fatty Acid

Definition of Monounsaturated Fatty Acid:

A Monounsaturated Fatty Acid is missing one pair of hydrogen atoms in the middle of the molecule.  The gap is called an "unsaturation".  Monounsaturated fatty acids are found mostly in plant and sea foods.  Olive oil and canola oil are high in monounsaturated fatty acids.

Also: Monounsaturated Fatty Acids, MUFA, MUFAs

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High Total Cholesterol

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Hypertension (High Blood Pressure)

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“...However, evidence suggests that the multiple components of the "Mediterranean diet", i.e. low saturated fatty acids (SFAs), high monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFAs), and carbohydrate, fiber, and micronutrient content have favorable blood pressure effects, and therefore that this diet is desirable for health...”

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