If you’re trying to eat less fat to help lower your cholesterol levels, here’s a twist: Switching the type of fats you eat may be even more important than how much you eat, according to a recent study reported in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition.
In the study, researchers asked a group of 71 young adults to go on diets containing saturated fat from butter and other dairy products for 2.5 weeks. They then switched to diets that replaced dairy fats with either olive oil or sunfl ower oil containing mono or polyunsaturated fats. The results: those on the monounsaturated fat diet using olive oil reduced their cholesterol levels by 12%; those on the polyunsaturated diet reduced their cholesterol by 19%!
The new findings may help in meeting new guidelines that say so-called “bad” or “LDL” cholesterol levels in your blood should be kept below 100.
For more recipes and guidance on switching the fats in your diet consult a local dietitian — for referrals visit www.eatright.org/ find.html