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Don't Fear the MUFA

After years of being treated with disdain, dietary fat has slowly been making its way off the nutritional black list. Now that omega-3 fatty acid is almost a household word, it is time to embrace the MUFAs — monounsaturated fatty acids. A diet rich in this type of fat has been found to reduce abdominal fat better than a diet high in carbs — even without exercise. In fact, this is the cornerstone of Prevention's Flat Belly Diet.

If you're dieting, don't fear the MUFAs; while they might not be the magic bullet for belly fat (even if you incorporate them into your diet, you still need to keep a watch on your caloric intake and exercise), they do make dieting easier. Full of fat-soluble vitamins, MUFAs are satisfying to eat and help you feel full and satiated, nipping in the bud two common complaints of dieters: boredom and hunger.

To learn where you can find the almost-mythic fatty acid, keep on reading.

Here is a list of foods containing MUFAs:

  • avocado
  • oils — olive, canola, flaxseed, safflower
  • nuts and seeds — almonds, cashews, peanuts, macadamia nuts, pecans, pine nuts, pistachios, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds
  • olives

The list reads like a page out of the Mediterranean diet to me. Like all foods, especially fats, it is important to watch your portions. MUFAs are great for you, but you must eat them in moderation to feel the benefits, especially if you're aiming to flatten your belly.

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Spectra Spectra 7 years
I love nuts...I eat a good two or three servings of them a day. They're so yummy!!
Yogaforlife Yogaforlife 7 years
Wow - I love olive oil, canola oil, avocados and nuts. I'm a fiend for olives in my salads too!
insanitypepper insanitypepper 7 years
I have been a nut and avocado fiend for the past couple of months!
starlotus713 starlotus713 7 years
Shouldn't walnuts be in the nuts list? I eat them more often than others because of the good fats plus they're higher in the omega-3's.
zeze zeze 7 years
These things are all staples in a Mediterranean diet as well as Middle Eastern food...and without being able to eat them I would literally starv.I only use olive oil and canola oil...I buy butter maybe once every 2mnts and even then I barely use it,
zeze zeze 7 years
These things are all staples in a Mediterranean diet as well as Middle Eastern food...and without being able to eat them I would literally starv. I only use olive oil and canola oil...I buy butter maybe once every 2mnts and even then I barely use it,
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