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monounsaturated

/mono·un·sat·u·rat·ed/ (mon″o-un-sach´er-āt″ed) of a chemical compound, containing one double or triple bond.
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A monounsaturated fatty acid, palmitoleic acid (cis -9-hexadecenoic acid).

monounsaturated

(mŏn′ō-ŭn-săch′ə-rā′tĭd)
adj.
Of or relating to an organic compound, especially an oil or fatty acid, containing only one double or triple bond per molecule. Increasing dietary intake of foods containing monounsaturated fatty acids, such as olive, peanut, and canola oils and avocados, can decrease LDL cholesterol levels in the bloodstream.
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Thus there is still no word on what is the optimum level of oleic acid that you need in your diet and if this was known you could possible titrate your daily fat intake with monounsaturated oils for optimum nutrition.
A cornerstone of the Mediterranean diet, olive oil is high in heart-friendly monounsaturated fat (although, like many other oils, it is still reasonably high in saturates).
In other research, diets rich in monounsaturated fatty acid--found in avocado--were shown to be protective of age-related eye dysfunction.
Here is a good way to tell the difference: Trans and saturated fats are primarily solid at room temperature, while poly and monounsaturated fats are liquid.
Canola oil is about 58 percent monounsaturated fat; high-oleic canola oil, used primarily in manufacturing packaged and processed foods to prolong and stabilize their shelf life (much as trans fats were used; look for the term "high-oleic" on the ingredients label), has about 75 percent monounsaturated fats.
The group wanted to make the claim for monounsaturated fats contained in just one tablespoon of olive oil per day.
In contrast, women who consumed the most monounsaturated fats (found in foods such as olive oil, canola oil, and cashews) experienced better cognition and memory over the study period.
Our analysis suggests if you substitute out 5 percent of your saturated fat calories with 5 percent monounsaturated fats, you could have a 50 percent lower risk [of memory and cognitive decay.
The American Heart Association is expanding and improving its Heart-Check Food Certification Program to allow certification of more foods with healthier fats, including fish, nuts and other foods higher in monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats.
It is a monounsaturated fat that can decrease the LDL levels and at the same time increase the HDL cholesterol.
Monounsaturated fat comprises 55% of the fat in pistachios, 32% is polyunsaturated.
MEDICAL experts have found men who consume lots of saturated fat and monounsaturated fat may have fewer sperm.