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Are monounsaturated fats and polyunsaturated fats good for everybody?

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Dr. William Haynes
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology 37 years experience
Yes: Both these types of fat have been shown to reduce bad LDL cholesterol and increase good HDL cholesterol. Like any fat, they contain calories, so any extra fat should replace existing calories from saturated fat or carbohydrates.

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A 39-year-old member asked:

Are monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fat good for you?

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Dr. Martin Fried
Nutrition 36 years experience
Yes: Monunsaturated fats such as from olive oil, and polyunsaturated fats as from canola oil are good for you. You dont want more than 10% of your diet from saturated fats from animal products.
A 35-year-old member asked:

What's the difference between polyunsaturated fat and monounsaturated fat?

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Dr. Martin Fried
Nutrition 36 years experience
Good fats: Polyunsaturated fats are longer than monounsaturated fats. Both are healthier alternatives to animal fate-saturated fats.
A 41-year-old member asked:

Which is more healthy, monounsaturated fat or polyunsaturated fat?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
FATS: According to the arthritis foundation, monounsaturated fats may raise HDL levels more than polyunsaturated fats.
A 46-year-old member asked:

Which is better for you: monounsaturated fat or polyunsaturated fat?

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Dr. Gregg Nishi
Bariatrics 22 years experience
Monounsaturated fat: Both are thought to promote heart health by modestly increasing HDL cholesterol and helping to lower LDL cholesterol. In fact, replacing saturated fat and trans fats with foods containing mainly monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats may help to protect you against heart disease. Mono comes from canola & olive oil. Poly comes from nuts, seeds, and vegetable oil.
A 37-year-old member asked:

What are the differences of monounsaturated & polyunsaturated fat?

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Dr. Gregg Nishi
Bariatrics 22 years experience
Monounsaturated fat: Both are thought to promote heart health by modestly increasing HDL cholesterol and helping to lower LDL cholesterol. In fact, replacing saturated fat and trans fats with foods containing mainly monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats may help to protect you against heart disease. Mono comes from canola & olive oil. Poly comes from nuts, seeds, and vegetable oil.

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