More Evidence the Mediterranean Diet Helps Promote Good Cholesterol

Monounsaturated fats, found in such foods as nuts, avocados and olive oil, are already known to raise HDL (“healthy”) cholesterol levels.

Now, researchers at St. Michael’s Hospital studying how to combine cholesterol-lowering foods (known as a “diet portfolio”) to maximize their impact have added monounsaturated fats to a vegetarian diet previously shown to lower LDL (“bad”) cholesterol by 28 per cent.

They found the combination lowered bad cholesterol even more — by 35 per cent – while also raising good cholesterol by 12.5 per cent. The most benefit came when the monounsaturated fats replaced carbohydrates in the diet.

Their study was published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal.

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