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What are monounsaturated fats?

Dr. William B. Salt, MD
Gastroenterologist

Monounsaturated fats include olive oil, canola oil, peanut oil, cashews, almonds, peanuts, and most other nuts, peanut butter, and avocados. Monounsaturated vegetable oils are preferable to polyunsaturated vegetable oils.

Monounsaturated fat is a type of unsaturated fat that may lower total cholesterol while keeping high-density lipoprotein (HDL) or "good" cholesterol high. Avocados, olive oil, peanut oil, and canola oil are high in monounsaturated fat.

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