Monounsaturated Fat

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Monounsaturated fat (MUFA) is a type of fat with one double bond. They have a lower melting point than saturated fat and are relatively resistant to oxidation compared to PUFA. MUFA can be made by animals by the enzyme SCD1.

MUFAs commonly discussed on this blog are oleic acid – an 18 carbon fat that is the primary component of olive oil and is made from stearic acid by SCD1 – and palmitoleic acid – a 16 carbon fat which is made from palmitic acid by SCD1.

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Synonyms:
MUFA, oleic acid, palmitoleic acid, nervonic acid
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