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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 62 years experience
Absolutely: The substitution of unsaturated fats and oils in dietary management will contribute to better cholesterol profiles.
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Dr. Michael Shapiro
Cardiology 23 years experience
Perhaps: This will only be helpful if you use these healthy oils to replace unhealthy oils/fats in your diet.
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Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 40 years experience
Dieters Beware, Pt.3: FAT BLOCKERS (Guar gum, Hydroxycitrate, Chitosan) Claim: You won't absorb as much dietary fat from your food. Science: There isn't strong evidence that these work without a lower-calorie diet. Risks: Some cause diarrhea and inhibit vitamin absorption, while others made from shellfish may trigger allergic reactions. (Ref. Time,7/14)
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Last updated Jul 12, 2014

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