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What type of oil is best for my diet?

Ximena Jimenez
Nutrition & Dietetics Specialist

Olive oil is a major feature of the mediterranean diet. It also has good reputation as a healthy fat due to its three main components: monounsaturated fat, antioxidants and vitamin E. Monounsaturated fat is known to reduce your bad cholesterol, prevents your LDL from becoming oxidized and can raise your protective good cholesterol. The antioxidants in olive oil are health promoting. Vitamin E is known to be good for your heart, skin and overall health.

Toby Smithson
Nutrition & Dietetics Specialist

Polyunsaturated and monounsaturated oils are the best type of oils for a heart healthy diet. Polyunsaturated and monounsaturated oils include: canola, corn, cottonseed, olive, safflower, soybean, sunflower, walnut and sesame oil. Beware that there are a couple of oils that are plant oils but are high in saturated fat instead of unsaturated fat. These oils are: coconut, palm and palm kernel oil.

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