Good Fats as Effective as Statin Drugs to Reduce Cholesterol

Statin drugs have become the preferred pharmaceutical treatment for lowering cholesterol, but the American Health Association recently issued a statement in their journal, Circulation, indicating that replacing saturated fats with unsaturated ones for some people is as effective as statins. Specifically, “randomized controlled trials that lowered intake of dietary saturated fat and replaced it with polyunsaturated vegetable oil reduced CVD by ≈30%, similar to the reduction achieved by statin treatment.” The key here is not just adding these “good fats” to your diet, but replacing the “bad” ones. The five best fats for this purpose are: safflower, sunflower, canola, corn and olive.

 

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