Olive oil lowers LDL cholesterol, the "bad" cholesterol associated to blocked arteries and heart disease. Olive oil lowers total cholesterol and improves LDL cholesterol better than other plant oils, according to a 2019 Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition study.
Cardiologist Dr. Sarah Samaan told WebMD that substituting butter with olive oil can lower LDL cholesterol by 15%, like "a low dose of medication."
Replace butter with avocado oil to decrease cholesterol, according to a Journal of Functional Foods research. It also showed that avocado oil might mitigate the effects of a saturated-fat breakfast.
Disease Markers also examined how avocado oil lowers LDL cholesterol without changing HDL cholesterol. Avocado oil may reduce inflammation, which is excellent for the heart.
PLOS Medicine found that substituting saturated fats with polyunsaturated fats like soybean oil may reduce coronary heart disease risk.
The study indicated that polyunsaturated fat consumption reduces coronary heart disease by 10%. Furthermore, Experimental and Clinical Cardiology discovered that polyunsaturated fatty acids may protect cardiovascular disease.
You may have seen flaxseed oil tablets in the vitamin aisle of your local drug store, advertised as cholesterol-lowering vitamins.
Not simply fancy marketing: The omega-3 fatty acid alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) in flaxseed oil helps reduce inflammation. The Journal of Nutrition found that ALA can reduce vascular inflammation and enhance heart health.