Unlike saturated fats, there is not much controversy around the health benefits of monounsaturated fats. Research shows that populations that consume high amounts of monounsaturated fats, like Greece and Italy, have the lowest heart disease rates in the world. This is why many cardiologists have recommended the "Mediterranean diet" to their patients for several years now in order to reduce the risk of heart disease. In this week's What's That?! Wednesday post, we share the benefits of these healthy fats that go beyond an improved cardiovascular profile.
Health Benefits of Monounsaturated Fats:
Foods Highest in Monounsaturated Fats:
Other nuts like almonds and cashews also have some monounsaturated fats, but the best and healthiest sources are those listed above. I recommend 3-7 servings of total fat per day - monounsaturated, saturated, and omega 3 & 6 fats all combined. You want to get a little of each kind of fat into your diet each day. You may also want to read our previous posts on healthy fats:
Omega-3 & Omega-6 Fats for an Anti-Inflammatory Diet
4 Sources of Healthy Saturated Fat
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