30 Jan

Antioxidants + olive oil = healthy heart

By Brock Cooper,

Julia Messina tastes flavored olive oil on bread at her business in Utica. Olive oil can be a healthy alternative to corn and vegetable oil and adds more flavor to prepared dishes.

Olive oil is a staple of the Mediterranean diet, but the healthy alternative to corn and vegetable oil is making its way into American kitchens.
“I use it for everything,” Utica resident Jayne Guttilla said. “It’s much better for you than the other types of oils.”

According to Karen Collins of the American Institute for Cancer research, olive oil contains antioxidants called phenols. These phenols help raise HDL cholesterol — good cholesterol — and lower LDL cholesterol — bad cholesterol.

Olive oil has high amounts of monounsaturated fats like canola oil. The higher the levels of unsaturated fat the lower the levels of saturated fat, according to dietitian Esther McGinnis.
“They help protect the heart,” McGinnis said.

Oils such as corn, coconut and vegetable oils have high amounts of saturated fats. McGinnis said items high in saturated fat tend to be more solid at room temperature like margarine and shortening.

She said to be careful of using olive and other oils that have been hydrogenated because that raises the amount of saturated fats. The purpose of hydrogenations is to give the oils a thicker consistency.

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