A new study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition suggests that peanuts, peanut butter and peanut oil can help to lower cholesterol levels. The study compared five different diets on heart health including the average American diet high in saturated fat, the American Heart Association 25% fat diet, and three other diets 35% fat with foods high in monounsaturated oil such as peanuts, peanut butter, peanut oil or olive oil. All low fat diets lowered cholesterol levels within a month, but it turns out the peanut diets and the olive oil diet had the added benefit of reducing blood triglycerides and maintaining the level of good HDL cholesterol. More evidence that not all fat is unhealthy!
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