A. DHA stands for DocosaHexaenoic Acid and is a long-chain omega-3 fatty acid that is a special component of our eyes, brain and nerve tissues. It is one of three key omega-3 fatty acids that are important in our health. I must admit I often get asked abut DHA as it's popping up on everyday food products from milks to breads.
A. You pronounce it high oh-lay-ick. Hi-oleic sunflower oil is a type of sunflower oil bred to have a high concentration of the fatty acid oleic acid, a monounsaturated fatty acid which is in rich supply in olive oil and macadamia nuts.
Q. I was wondering how rice bran oil compares to virgin olive oil. Good fats, antioxidants, cholesterol lowering effects, etc. It sounds pretty good by what I have read on the labels, and have been using both in my cooking. What's your opinion?
A. Monounsaturated fats have only one double bond in their carbon chain (hence the term "mono"), while polyunsaturated have two, three or more of these bonds ("poly" means many). Understanding this difference in their structure will help us understand the role they have in our health.