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Can adding olive oil or safflower oil to your diet lower your cholesterol level?

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Dr. Thomas Higgins
Cardiology 61 years experience
Absolutely: The substitution of unsaturated fats and oils in dietary management will contribute to better cholesterol profiles.
Dr. Michael Shapiro
Cardiology 22 years experience
Perhaps: This will only be helpful if you use these healthy oils to replace unhealthy oils/fats in your diet.
Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 39 years experience
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Last updated Jul 12, 2014

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