It Lowers Cholesterol from 9 Health Reasons You Should Use Olive Oil (Slideshow)

9 Health Reasons You Should Use Olive Oil (Slideshow)

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It Lowers Cholesterol

Olive oil is rich in oleic acid, a common monounsaturated fatty acid. Numerous studies indicate that monounsaturated fat is about as effective as polyunsaturated fat in lowering total blood cholesterol and LDL cholesterol, when used to substitute saturated fat in the diet. Plus, monounsaturated fat does not lower the beneficial HDL cholesterol or raise triglycerides, unlike polyunsaturated fat, which, at high intakes, may lower HDL cholesterol, ie the good cholesterol.