Healthy Oils from Corteva Agriscience provide solutions to address the increased use of saturated and trans fats, which increased in prevalence in the diet when oil hydrogenation became popular in the 1980s.
Monounsaturated fats, or MUFAs, are fatty acid chains containing one double bond. Conversely, polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA) contain two or more double bonds and saturated fatty acids (SFA) have no double bonds. The major dietary monounsaturated fat is oleic acid; it naturally occurs in the cis-configuration, whereas trans fatty acids are in a more rigid trans-configuration, which is produced during chemical hydrogenation of vegetable oils. MUFAs have a higher melting point than PUFAs, and both are liquid at room temperature, whereas SFAs are solid at room temperature.
Monounsaturated fats provide health benefits such as lowering blood cholesterol and triglycerides, decreasing body weight and fat mass, increasing insulin sensitivity and decreasing the risk of type 2 diabetes risk, lowering blood pressure and decreasing endothelial dysfunction.
In addition to replacing bad fats in the diet, the monounsaturated fats found in Healthy Oils like Omega-9 Canola Oil, Plenish® Soybean Oil and Omega-9 Sunflower Oil, also provide valuable health benefits, protecting against metabolic syndrome and cardiovascular disease.
The prevalence of cardiovascular disease and other metabolic conditions in North America can be modified through changes in dietary fat quality. In combination with healthy diet and lifestyle changes, consumption or substitution of trans fats and saturated fatty acids with monounsaturated fatty acids promotes healthy blood cholesterol and triglyceride concentrations, regulates body weight and composition, mediates blood pressure, and improves insulin sensitivity and glucose metabolism. This dietary strategy offers a comprehensive approach to reducing metabolic syndrome, increasing cardiovascular health and ultimately improving population health and wellness.
Studies have shown that dietary MUFAs provide additional cardiovascular health benefits, including protection against LDL oxidation, a reduction in inflammatory biomarkers and cell adhesion molecules, while protecting against platelet coagulation, thrombosis and endothelial dysfunction.