True or false? A healthy diet means one that is similar to that of the Mediterranean region, using plenty of olive oil.
ANSWER: False. While it is true that olive oil may be helpful in reducing the level of "bad" low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL) and maintaining the "good" high-density lipoprotein cholesterol level (HDL) in our blood, it still is not something that you should plan in eating in large quantities. Thought to be a culprit in heart disease, LDL contains most of the cholesterol found in the blood and is associated with making cholesterol available for cell structures, hormones and nerve coverings. LDL also deposits cholesterol on artery walls. HDLs on the other hand, help to remove cholesterol from body tissues and blood and return it to the liver to be used again. This recycling process has earned HDL the "good" cholesterol label.
Regardless of what experts tell us about the golden oil pressed from olives, it's still 100 percent fat, so it supplies the same amount of fat and calories as butter, margarine or other oils. Just the makeup of the fatty acids is different.
From "Betty Crocker's Low-Fat, Low-Cholesterol Cooking Today." Text Copyright 2005 General Mills, Inc. Used with permission of the publisher, Wiley Publishing, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
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