Monounsaturated Fat

Nutrition Profile • Monounsaturated Fats and Dietary Guidelines

MONOUNSATURATED FATS HELP MEET DIETARY GUIDELINES

Dietary guidelines and the supporting research confirm it is as much the type of fat as how much fat that impacts health. The 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend reducing intake of saturated fats to less than 10% of total calories by replacing them with heart-healthy unsaturated fats, such as the monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFA) found in Omega-9 Canola Oil. Health Canada’s Food Guide also encourages consumers to choose foods with unsaturated fats as part of a balanced diet.

Omega-9 Canola Oil offers a functionally stable dietary alternative to saturated fats and other bad fats. This includes trans fats, which increased in prevalence in the diet when oil hydrogenation became popular in the 1980s. In 2015, the research regarding the negative health effects of trans fats led the Food and Drug Administration to ban partially hydrogenated oils, making way for better alternatives. The 2015 Dietary Guidelines also recommend replacing solid fats, a source of saturated fats which include coconut oil, palm kernel oil and hydrogenated oil, with non-tropical vegetable oils, such as Omega-9 Canola Oil.

In addition to replacing bad fats in the diet, the monounsaturated fats found in Omega-9 Canola Oil also provide valuable health benefits, protecting against metabolic syndrome and cardiovascular disease.1 Omega-9 Canola Oil has zero trans fats and one of the lowest levels of saturated fats and is uniquely high in monounsaturated fats, which together, help the foodservice and food processing industries deliver on dietary guidelines without sacrificing taste, oil functionality or performance.

Dow AgroSciences published a white paper, “Monounsaturated Fats in the North American Diet,” which outlines the importance of incorporating MUFAs into the diet and the associated health attributes. The paper includes:

  • The emphasis of MUFA in dietary guidelines
  • MUFA effects on cardiovascular health
  • MUFA effects on blood cholesterol and triglycerides
  • MUFA effects on weight maintenance and body composition
  • MUFA effects on blood pressure
  • MUFA effects on insulin sensitivity and type 2 diabetes
  • Other health benefits of MUFA

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1Gillingham LG et al. Lipids, 2011;46:209–28.

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