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Some Vegetable Oils Do Not Help Lower Cholesterol Levels

November 11, 2013: 12:00 AM EST
Researchers who published a study on the content of vegetable oils urge the Canadian government to rethink its advice on the health benefits of corn oil and safflower oil. The two commonly used oils have been on a list of oils recommended because of purported cholesterol-lowering effects. But the researchers found that the two oils contain high levels of omega-6 linoleic acid, but almost no heart-healthy omega-3 α-linoleic acids. Labels on corn oil and sunflower oil products are allowed the claim: “a reduced risk of heart disease by lowering blood cholesterol levels”. That claim is not warranted in the case of omega-6 linoleic acids, the researchers argue.
Richard P. Bazinet and Michael W.A. Chu, "Omega-6 polyunsaturated fatty acids: Is a broad cholesterol-lowering health claim appropriate?", Canadian Medical Association Journal, November 11, 2013, © Canadian Medical Association
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