Nutrition & Health / June 12, 2013

Vegetable Oils Can Be Heart Healthy

By Charles Platkin, PhD

Scientists find that linoleic acid, the omega-6 essential fatty acid found in vegetable oils such as soy, corn and canola, may help to reduce blood cholesterol levels and lower the risk of heart disease. Some experts believe that too much dietary linoleic acid increases inflammation.  However, researchers at the University of Missouri and the University of Illinois, after reviewing 15 clinical trials, “found that no link exists between consumption and circulating indicators of inflammation that are often associated with diseases such as heart disease, cancer, asthma and arthritis.”

According to research, Americans typically consume 3 or more tablespoons of vegetable oil each day.  Keep in mind that all oils, including olive oil, have about 120 calories per tablespoon.

 


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