Question: Which Cooking Oils Should I Avoid When Following a Cholesterol-Lowering Diet?
An important part of following a cholesterol-lowering diet
includes preparing healthy foods. There are many heart-healthy ingredients available to you to cook with, including oils. However, there are some oils you need to limit -- or avoid -- if you are trying to lower your cholesterol
. Cooking with certain oils may raise your cholesterol levels, especially if used in excess.
The following oils should be limited -- or avoided -- in your cholesterol-lowering diet, since they are high in saturated
fat and low in unsaturated
- Coconut oil
- Palm oil
- Palm kernel oil
If you are in doubt as to whether or not your favorite cooking oil is cholesterol-friendly, look for the amount of fat on the nutrition label. Heart-healthy oils should be low in cholesterol and saturated fat, and high in unsaturated fat.
Wardlaw GM, Hampl JS, DiSilvestro RA. Perspectives in Nutrition 6th edition. 2004. McGraw Hill Publishers. New York, NY.