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How does olive oil affect heart health?

Rebecca S. Reeves
Nutrition & Dietetics
Americans should follow a heart healthy diet that replaces saturated fat calories with calories from either complex carbohydrates (CHO)--principally contributed by fruits, vegetables and whole grains--protein and/or unsaturated fat (like olive oil). A diet rich in monounsaturated fat, and reduced in refined CHO may also be effective in reducing serum triglycerides (TG) without adverse impact on high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-C).

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