From oats to walnuts, a handful of everyday foods are stepping up to the plate when it comes to battling unhealthy cholesterol. By: Maureen Callahan, MS, RD
Photo: Randy Mayor
Rich in heart-healthy monounsaturated fats, olive oil is always a good choice in healthy cooking. And so nutritionists and cardiologists have long encouraged using it in place of butter and other animal fats. Yet newer studies suggest the oil contains a powerful mix of antioxidants that can lower LDL, or “bad” cholesterol. When possible, opt for the extra-virgin variety; minimal processing helps keep more of its antioxidants intact.
How much is good? Two tablespoons of olive oil per day. The FDA recommends using it as a replacement for other fats like butter.