Monounsaturated fats are found in olives, olive oil, groundnut oil, nuts, and avocados. Monounsaturated fat is one of three important fats, the other two being saturated and polyunsaturated fat. Together, the three fats are known as total fat - each one has a different effect on the body. Monounsaturated fat contains only one hydrogen molecule and is largely considered neutral to your health. However, there are some claims that monounsaturated fat helps reduce the risk of heart disease, among other health benefits.
Monounsaturated fat is high in calories. It is a popular replacement for saturated fats as it does not raise blood cholesterol levels. It also helps lower triglyceride levels. Monounsaturated fats are popular among many diet plans, such as the Mediterranean diet.
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