Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
This oil from the first pressing of olives contains mostly polyphenols and monounsaturated fat, which are good for your ticker. According to new research in the American Heart Association’s journal Circulation, people who stuck with Mediterranean diets with four tablespoons of extra-virgin olive oil per day for a year had much better HDL function, meaning better plaque removal and more relaxed blood vessels. This diet went against a “healthy” control group that focused on reducing red meat, processed food, high-fat dairy, and sweets. To get better HDL function, drizzle extra-virgin olive oil over salads and hard-boiled eggs. Cook with it on low or medium heat.
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