Q. Is grapeseed oil good for lowering cholesterol, or should I stick to olive and macadamia nut oil?

Written by Catherine Saxelby on Monday, 30 December 2013.
Tagged: cholesterol, cholesterol lowering, fats, healthy heart, oil

Q. Is grapeseed oil good for lowering cholesterol, or should I stick to olive and macadamia nut oil?

A. All nut and seed oils give us the healthy fats important for keeping cholesterol in check. Grapeseed oil is a good oil, rich in polyunsaturates (around 60 percent). Some oils have more monounsaturated fats like macadamia and olive oil, while others more polyunsaturated fats like the grapseed oil.

The National Heart Foundation ranks these three oils equally in terms of their cholesterol-lowering ability. Some nutritionists believe diets higher in mononunsaturated fats - like the Mediterranean diet - are a better way to go.

Both olive and macadamia nut oils are high in monounsaturates. Either way you will be doing your heart and blood vessels a favour. Keeping all three in your pantry will offer you variety in your cooking as well as good health.

Catherine Saxelby

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