SVG Health Report: Monosaturated Fats Boost Heart Health

The success of a low-cholesterol diet can be improved by adding monounsaturated fat (MUFA), which are commonly found in nuts, seeds, avocados, and oils such as olive oil, canola oil, and sunflower oil, new research suggests. In fact, a diet including those items, and others with monosaturated fats, can decrease “bad cholesterol” greatly. For the complete story, click here.

But the fats are not a magic bullet, and overall eating habits are key. In the study, the vegetarian diet included plenty of cholesterol-lowering soluble fiber (10 grams for every 1,000 calories) — from sources like oatmeal and psyllium — as well as soy milk and soy-based meat alternatives, almonds, and margarines containing plant sterols, which can help lower LDL cholesterol.