Monounsaturated Fats: Great For Heart Health
Monounsaturated fats are good fats. They are also known as omega 9 fatty acids of which oleic acid is the main component. It is not an essential fat as the body can make it, provided there are omega 3 and 6 fats present.
These fats which are found in animal and vegetable sources are beneficial to your health, but should be eating in moderation. Olive oil is a great source.
People who follow a Mediterranean diet which is very high in omega 9 fats such as olive oil, tend to have a lower risk of heart disease and stroke. This is because it helps to lower the bad LDL cholesterol level in the blood while raising the good HDL cholesterol level.
Omega 9 fats are typically high in vitamin E which is an antioxidant as well as provide nutrients which help develop and maintain the body’s cells.
Health benefits of Omega 9 fat:
- Lowers blood cholesterol level which reduces the risk of heart disease and stroke
- Helps to keep the arteries supple, reducing the risk of atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries)
- Helps to improve our immunity
- Helps reduce the risk of certain cancers
Foods which contain mostly Omega 9s:
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- Olive oil
- Canola oil
- Peanut oil
- Peanut butter
- Pecan nuts
- Cashew nuts
- Pumpkin seeds
- Sesame seeds