Tuesday, November 2, 2010

FOX News reports: Body & Mind Monounsaturated Fats Boost 'Good' Cholesterol

The monounsaturated fats found in vegetable oils, nuts and avocados can help boost a person's "good" cholesterol levels when added to an overall diet that curbs "bad" LDL cholesterol, a study published Monday suggests.

The findings, from a study of 24 adults with moderately high cholesterol, add to evidence that monounsaturated fats may be an important ingredient in a generally heart-healthy diet. Most famously, the traditional Mediterranean diet -- rich in monounsaturated fats from olive oil and nuts, but low in saturated fat from meat and dairy -- has been linked to a decreased risk of heart disease.

Clinical trials have also suggested that Mediterranean-style eating can cut the odds of developing diabetes and metabolic syndrome, a collection of heart disease risk factors that includes high blood pressure, abdominal obesity and low levels of "good" HDL cholesterol.

For the new study, reported in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, researchers tested the effects of adding monounsaturated fats to a high-fiber vegetarian diet that had previously been shown to curb LDL cholesterol in adults with elevated levels.

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