NUTRITION FOR GOOD HEALTH

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NUTRITION FOR GOOD HEALTH

Monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFA) have positive effects on insulin sensitivity and cardiovascular risk factors.

Compiled data indicate beneficial effects of a high – MUFA diet ( ranging from 12 to 30 % of total energy intake) on metabolic and cardiovascular risk factors in metabolic syndrome and glycemic control in type 2 diabetes.

Dietary sources of MUFA include nuts and vegetables oils such as olive, canola, and high oleic safflower oils.

The studies further indicate that in addition to a relatively high intake of MUFA, saturated fats and trans fat intake need to be kept to a minimum of 5 % of total energy to maximize benefits.

KAVITHA SIMHA, RD

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