Which cooking oil is best for high cholesterol?
Choosing a heart-healthy cooking oil is important for people who are managing their cholesterol, and for heart patients. The type of oil you consume matters, because healthy fats are necessary for good overall health. Replacing ‘bad’ fats (saturated and trans) with ‘good’ fats (monounsaturated and polyunsaturated) is beneficial for blood cholesterol levels and for reducing the risk of heart disease.
- Monounsaturated fats are healthy fats that can assist with weight loss, decrease inflammation and reduce the risk of heart disease by lowering LDL (‘bad’ cholesterol). Examples are avocado oil, olive oil, canola oil and certain nuts.
Grove Avocado Oil is an excellent choice when managing cholesterol as it is extra virgin and contains almost 70% monounsaturated oleic acid content. In addition, the valuable nutrients of the oil are protected during cooking due to its very high smoke point (did you know – Grove Avocado Oil has a higher smoke point than olive oil).
- Polyunsaturated fat is a healthy fat that can help lower LDL (‘bad’ cholesterol) and is an essential fatty acid needed for brain function and cell growth. It can be found in foods like salmon, soybeans, tahini, safflower oil and chia seeds.
- Trans fats increase the bad (LDL) cholesterol whilst lowering the good (HDL) cholesterol and are found primarily in processed foods made from partially hydrogenated oil, such as deep-fried foods and baked goods (e.g., pastries and buns).
- Saturated fat is not considered essential for good health, is solid at room temperature and should be eaten in limited quantities. Saturated fat can be found in coconut oil (92% saturated fat) and butter (approx. 50% saturated fat) as well as convenience foods like pizza and potato chips.
Switching to a healthier oil can make a big difference to improving your heart health and lowering your cholesterol. The Heart Foundation of Australia recommends avocados as a great source of healthy fat, essential to a balanced diet* and there are 16 fresh avocados pressed in to every bottle of Grove Avocado Oil!
To get the maximum benefits from avocado oil it is important to choose one which is 100% pure, cold pressed and extra virgin. Try:
- Swapping butter for Grove Avocado Oil in your potato side dishes such as mashed potato (try these 3 fast potato side dishes)
- Using Grove Avocado Oil to coat roast vegetables (try these delicious sweet potato chips for your next BBQ!)
- Baking a guilt-free chocolate cake! Try ‘The Word’s Healthiest Chocolate Cake’ today!
Read more from the recommendations of the Heart Foundation of Australia here: https://bit.ly/2zCr5Tr