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Which Cooking Oils Should I Avoid When Following a Cholesterol-Lowering Diet?

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Updated January 19, 2011

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Question: Which Cooking Oils Should I Avoid When Following a Cholesterol-Lowering Diet?
Answer: 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 fat:

  • 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.

Sources:

Wardlaw GM, Hampl JS, DiSilvestro RA. Perspectives in Nutrition 6th edition. 2004. McGraw Hill Publishers. New York, NY.

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