Your body makes monounsaturated fatty acids from saturated fatty acids and uses them in a number of ways.
MUFAs are relatively stable. They do not go rancid easily and hence can be used in cooking.
Common sources of MUFAs are:
- Olive oil
- Tea Seed Oil (more on this new oil below)
- Almonds, cashew nuts and pecans
- Macadamia nuts
- Red meat
Benefits of MUFAs:
- Decreased risk for cancer.
- Reduced cholesterol levels.
- Lower risk for heart disease and stroke.
- Weight loss.
- Less severe pain and stiffness for sufferers of rheumatoid arthritis.
- Reduced belly fat.
- Improves insulin insensitivity and helps your body use its fat properly
- Strengthens your bones
Precautions with Monounsaturated Fat
There is a likely link between the presence of a high-fat diet (including all three of the good fats) with a higher occurrence of gallstone disease.