Mono Unsaturated Fatty Acids (MUFA)


The monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFA) are synthesized by the human oganisme. They are humans first generally important fatty acid diet. Used as an energy source, they are also esterified in all types of lipids, particularly in triglyceride deposition (tissue adipeix) they maintain with their unsaturation in the fluid state at body temperature.

It appears that the neutrality of oleic acid (representing major mono-unsaturated) is an advantage and justifies its use.

Sources of MUFA

See the list of foods that provide the most MUFA


The distribution of fatty acids (SFA, MUFA and PUFA) which are followed with the database CIQUAL should ideally correspond to the following :

  • for Adult Females :
    • MUFA : 40 % lipids
  • for adult men :
    • MUFA : 49 % lipids

They represent 20% of energy intake for the two populations, which corresponds to the 100% value in the ANC Nutritiomètre ®.

(Source: "Recommended dietary allowances for the French people," the CNERNA-CNRS. Edition coordinated by Ambroise Martin.)