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Monounsaturated Fatty Acids

The body is able to synthesise monounsaturated fatty acids (non-essential). They only have one double bond which is why they are called "mono" unsaturated fatty acids.

Not all carbon atoms are saturated with hydrogen atoms. This leads to the formation of double bonds.

Unsaturated fatty acids can be broken down easier by digestive enzymes than saturated ones. This means that they are easier to digest.


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Foods With Monounsaturated Fatty Acids:

  • Olive oil
  • Rape oil
  • Avocados
  • Nuts
  • Seeds

Fats with high levels of mono- or polyunsaturated fatty acids have a low melting point which means that they are liquid at room temperature.


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