Skip To Main Content

COVID-19 Updates and Resources. Learn More

A Quick Guide to Monounsaturated Fats

October 28, 2008

These healthy oils, I am convinced, are responsible for a large part of our success.

When new comers arrive to our discussions boards, we should all encourage them to get plenty of monounsaturated fats, especially from olives, avocadoes, macadamia nuts, and the extracted oils from these foods.

As a group, monounsaturated are very stable. They’re not subject to the same degree of rancidity as polyunsaturated oils from corn, sunflower seeds, soybeans, and the like. They also don’t expose you to the same health threats of potentially rancid oils.

Extra virgin olive oil is ideal for salads and low heat cooking. (Extra virgin refers to the first pressing of the fruit, the most nutritious version)

Olive oil benefits us in several ways. The phenolic compounds in extra virgin olive oil protect against the oxidation of LDL cholesterol, the form of cholesterol that forms plaque on the arteries. Your body gets this shield simply by ingesting the amount of olive oil normally found in a well-soaked salad.

Olives which make a great snack aren’t the only source of monounsaturated fats. Here are a few more favorites:

Avocados. Eaten fresh and ripe, this fat containing fruit is delicious, filling, and a great addition to salads. A medium Haas avocado has only 3.5 net carbs. Avocado oil holds up to heat pretty well and is good for cooking.

Macadamia nuts. Easily portable snacks, these nuts are great appetite appeasers. They also contain more monounsaturated fats than olives. Macadamia nut butter is delicious, and the oil is great for quick sautéing.

Register with Atkins today for additional tips, low carb recipes, and ideas on how to overcome your weight loss plateau.

More From Colette

Keeping It Low Carb on July 4th

Here’s a 4th of July menu with plenty of low carb options that will take your backyard barbecue, picnic or potluck to the next level.

Read More »

8 Tips to Jumpstart Your Low Carb Lifestyle

It’s been an interesting spring, that’s for sure, and it may have been a challenge to stay motivated about your weight loss or wellness goals when your routine was turned upside down.

Read More »

Low Carb Plant-Based Recipes for Spring and Summer

After cooking and eating at home for quite some time, you’re probably ready to lighten up your meals with fresh vegetables that are in season and new low carb plant-based recipes that will add variety to your weekly menu.

Read More »

Low Carb Snacks When You’re on The Go

While the beginning of this summer may have more of a “staycation” vibe versus “vacation” vibe, it’s still the perfect time to get outdoors for a walk or hike, a few rounds of golf, a picnic in your yard or at the park or even a little road trip, and all these occasions call for a smart low carb snacking strategy.

Read More »

FAQs

Have more low carb questions? We've got the answers!

Learn More »
FAQs

Free Tools

Access meal plans, carb counters, discussion boards, and more.

Learn More »
Free Tools

FAQs

Have more low carb questions? We've got the answers!

Learn More »
FAQs

Free Tools

Access meal plans, carb counters, discussion boards, and more.

Learn More »
Free Tools