Mono vs. Poly: Mono for weight loss

Mono for weight loss and reduced belly fat

In Monday’s post on different oils I mentioned monounsaturated fats and polyunsaturated fats. Just in case you were scratching your head as to why it matters that an oil has more polyunsaturated fats (which we will refer to as PUFA); well today is your lucky day because I am going to try to attempt to explain the differences! Let’s begin with the one that they’ve been brainwashing you with by saying it is ‘healthy’. PUFA’s are cheap to produce therefore they are the ones most readily available. Just go to a grocery store and look at the oil section, what do you see? Coconut oil and imported olive oil? I think not unless you’re at a quality store like Whole Foods (but this is Terre Haute we’re talking about so no such place exists). They’re stocked with canola oil, peanut oil, sunflower oil, etc. They claim that these are good for your heart. Really!? If these were good for us then why have heart disease rates only gone up since they’re increased production, compared to when cultures depended on coconut oil, palm oil, butter, tallow and ghee? PUFA’s consist of multiple double bonds, which make them unstable and they wreak havoc on your cells, exciting free radicals to cause oxidation and damage that leads to inflammation (which we all know by now leads to chronic diseases). What’s worse is that any kind of processing makes them worse. Even trace amounts of light, moisture, air or heat can damage them. Therefore cooking with them makes them rancid. What can you find the most of and what do most restaurants prefer to cook with? Bingo, polyunsaturated oils. Also these are loaded with omega-6 fatty acids. What do we want? A 1:1 or 4:1 ratio of omega-6 fatty acids to omega-3 fatty acids. What do Americans have? Ratios as bad as 11:1 upwards of 20:1? The other fat? Monounsaturated fatty acids (we will call them MUFA’s, go figure!), consist of one double bond and they contain more nutrients (like vitamin E)! Associated health benefits of MUFA’s:

  • decreased risk of breast cancer
  • decreased risk of heart disease and stroke
  • weight loss
  • rheumatoid arthritis relief
  • reduced belly fat

Clearly if you didn’t get the point Monday, monounsaturated fats is where it’s at. Ditch the canola and grab some olive oil. For more on our weight loss programs visit our website at

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