There is extensive evidence showing that the intake of healthy fats can reduce incidence of cardiovascular disease (CVD). Penny Kris-Etherton, PhD, RD, FAH, FAHA, FNLA, FASN, CLS from Penn State University shows evidence from several studies showing the benefits of healthy oils and fats for reduction of CVD incidence and CVD risk factors.

There is emerging evidence that certain dairy products may reduce the risk of CVD, and there is evidence that coconut oil increases total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol, and HDL cholesterol. Recommended oils to include in the diet are canola oil and soybean oil.

Overall recommendations include keeping intake of saturated fatty acids low, replace saturated fat with unsaturated fats, and consume mono-unsaturated fats and poly-unsaturated fats, Good food options to consume are vegetable oils, nuts, seeds, seafood, avocado, soy, and algae.

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