Omega-9 fatty acids are monounsaturated fats. Omega-9s offer many health benefits. They are important for heart health and blood sugar control and can be obtained in the diet through foods such as canola oil, nuts and avocados and foods manufactured with this type of oil.
Monounsaturated fats may induce a variety of positive health outcomes, most notably reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke due to their ability to increase “good” HDL cholesterol, decrease “bad” LDL cholesterol and eliminate plaque build up in arteries. Additionally, a recent study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition also indicates omega-9 fatty acids may play a role in increasing metabolism and improving mood. A research review in the Lipids journal suggests that using canola oil and canola-based spreads as a replacement for other dietary fats can help increase the number of North Americans complying with current dietary intake recommendations for dietary fats.