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Seed oils are best for low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol.

Authors of a study that was recently published in the Journal of Lipid Research conducted a network meta-analysis to evaluate and compare the effects of various fats on low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol. LDL is a causal risk factor for cardiovascular disease. The network meta-analysis included 55 studies that compared safflower, sunflower, rapeseed, hempseed, flaxseed, corn, olive, soybean, palm, and/or coconut oil with lard, beef fat, and/or butter. The analysis showed that butter and lard are the worst choices for those looking to keep LDL levels low, while sunflower oil, rapeseed oil, safflower oil, and flaxseed oil are the best choices.

SOURCE: Schwingshackl L, Bogensberger B, Bencic A, et al. Effects of oils and solid fats on blood lipids: a systematic review and network meta-analysls. J Lipid Res. 2018 Sep;59(9):1771-1782.

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Publication:Nutrition Health Review
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Date:Dec 22, 2018
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