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 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 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.
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.
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.
(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.
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.