Has effect similar to that of polyunsaturated fat but does not lower HDL cholesterol. Found in olive oil and other oils.
A type of fat found in many foods but predominantly in avocados and canola, olive, and peanut oil. Monounsaturated fat tends to lower LDL cholesterol levels, and some studies suggest that it may do so without also lowering HDL cholesterol levels.
A saturated fatty acid bond between the carbons in the fatty acid chain.
A type of fat that does not raise blood cholesterol. Sources are olive or canola oil, avocado, nuts and seeds.
A fat made of monounsaturated fatty acids. Olive oil and canola oil are monounsaturated fats. Monounsaturated fats tend to lower levels of LDL-cholesterol in the blood. Polyunsaturated fatty acid: A fatty acid that is missing more than one pair of hydrogen atoms. Polyunsaturated fatty acids are mostly found in plant and sea foods.
a type of fat that is thought to be beneficial in the prevention of coronary heart disease; found in foods such as olive oil and peanut oil
Liquid at room temperature and found in olive and canola oils. This fat appears to lower LDL levels.
Dietary fat whose molecules have one double bond open to receive more hydrogen. Found in many nuts, olive oil and avocados.
Includes olive and canola oil. The most recommended type of fat for a healthy diet.
Fat that is two hydrogen atoms short of saturation, common in vegetable oils and liquid at room temperature.
A healthy fat that may help reduce the risk of heart disease. Found in olive and canola oil, nuts and avocadoes.
A type of dietary fat which is missing one hydrogen atom. Should be used in moderation.
An unsaturated fat that is found primarily in plant foods, including olive and canola oils.
Tends to lower blood cholesterol levels when it replaces saturated fat in the diet. It is found primarily in olive and canola oils and in foods that contain these oils.
A type of fat found in foods such as olive oil, walnut oil, rapseed oil, avocado and in some margarines and spreads. Monounsaturated fats can help lower the blood level of LDL cholesterol, but do not lower the level of the protective HDL cholesterol level.
Fats that are unlike both polyunsaturated and saturated fats because they neither lower nor raise blood cholesterol.
An oily type of fat found in large amounts in plant foods, including olive, peanut and canola oil. Eating foods that contain monounsaturated fat may help lower cholesterol and reduce heart disease risk. However, it has the same number of calories as other types of fat, and so it may still contribute to weight gain if eaten in excess.
Type of unsaturated fat in the diet found mainly in olive oil. Unsaturated fats are found in vegetables and vegetable oils.
A type of fat found in large amounts in foods from plants, including olive, peanut and canola oil.
is a dietary fat that may help reduce the amount of low-density lipoprotein cholesterol in the blood.
An unsaturated fat found primarily in plant-based foods such as olive and canola oils. Monounsaturated fats are liquid at room temperature. Eating more monounsaturated fats (instead of saturated fats such as butter and lard) can help lower cholesterol and heart-related health risks. Return to previous page.
a form of fat found in olive and peanut oil, peanuts, almonds, and avocados. Monounsaturated fat does not raise LDL ("bad" cholesterol) levels as much as saturated fat and does not depress HDL ("good" cholesterol) levels as much as polyunsaturated fat.
A type of fat that tends to lower LDL cholesterol levels. It is found in many foods but predominantly in canola, olive and peanut oil and avocados.
(mono-un-SATCH-er-ay-ted) Fats that are in foods are combinations of monounsaturated, polyunsaturated, and saturated fatty acids. Monounsaturated fat is found in canola oil, olives and olive oil, nuts, seeds, and avocados. Eating food that has more monounsaturated fat instead of saturated fat may help lower cholesterol and reduce heart disease risk. However, it has the same number of calories as other types of fat, and may still contribute to weight gain if eaten in excess.
A type of unsaturated fat in which there is only one double bond.
In nutrition, monounsaturated fats are fatty acids with one double-bonded carbon in the molecule, with all of the others single-bonded carbons, in contrast to polyunsaturated fatty acids which have more than one double bond.