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Are Oils Healthy?

Updated: Mar 23


Different kinds of oil on a table
Oil is not a health food


There is no such thing as healthy oils!


Have you been told that olive oil is heart-healthy? - The scientific evidence does not support this claim, quite the opposite, as the title suggests: "Dietary Monounsaturated Fatty Acids Appear Not to Provide Cardioprotection".



The study concluded:

"...Food and Drug Administration authorized the use of health claims for olive oil; however, a recent appraisal based on a large body of experimental evidence suggests that MUFA might not be the proper substitute for SFA..."




Average fatty acid percentage compositions of selected representative samples of fats and oils.

Mono monounsaturated; n-3 omega 3; n-6 omega-6; Poly polyunsaturated; Sat saturated.

Fatty acid percentage composition of oils
Fatty acid percentage composition of oils

Conclusions:


Saturated, trans, monounsaturated (MUFA), and omega-6-polyunsaturated (PUFA) fatty acids can negatively affect endothelial function. However, the adverse effects of MUFA and PUFA can be counteracted by consuming antioxidants. Antioxidants found in fruits and vegetables provide dietary protection to LDL molecules against oxidation, maintain endothelial-dependent vasorelaxation, and reduce the risk of atherosclerosis.


In short, for a healthy heart, eat fruits and vegetables, not oils, including olive oil!


 

Explanation of terms:

CHD (Coronary Heart Disease), MUFA (Monounsaturated fatty Acids), SFA (Saturated fatty Acids), PUFA (Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids)


 

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