Palm olein is palm oil in a liquid form and is used in cooking and baking and has been considered neutral in effect on cholesterol. A new study by the Danes suggests that vegetable fat could behave more like lard.
Men who ate a series of three diets, substituting a portion of their fats with olive oil, palm olein and lard, had lower levels of LDL (“bad”) cholesterol and total cholesterol after the olive oil diet than after the other two.
Researchers did not show that the increased cholesterol levels had an effect on the men’s health, but high cholesterol is thought to lead to an increased risk of having a heart attack.
The rise in cholesterol seen in this study “would increase the risk of heart disease by at least five percent,” said Dr. Peter Clifton at the University of Adelaide in Australia, who was not involved in the work.
The research team, led by Tine Tholstrup at Copenhagen University, asked 32 normal-weight young men to replace a portion of the fats in their usual diets with palm olein, olive oil or lard during each of three weeks.
The order of the diets was randomly assigned and the study fats were contained in buns and cakes.
At the start and end of each week, the researchers collected blood samples and measured the men’s weights.
After their week eating olive oil, the men had 4.5 percent lower total cholesterol levels, on average, than after the other two diets. The difference was largely due to lower LDL levels. (Health News)
Me, I will stick to my olive oil. Also I still use real butter, better tasting and it’s real.