September is Cholesterol Awareness Month so it’s a good time to talk about cooking for heart health and the cholesterol blocking plant sterols in Mazola corn oil.
A study in the Journal of Clinical Lipidology found that corn oil like Mazola can help lower cholesterol more than extra virgin olive oil. Mazola Corn Oil has more cholesterol-blocking plant sterols than other cooking oils – four times more than olive oil and one and a half times more than canola oil. Clinical studies indicate that when consumed as part of a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol, plant sterols can help reduce the absorption of cholesterol in the gut. Need more reason to pick corn oil for heart health? The American Heart Association recently issued a new presidential advisory on dietary fats and cardiovascular disease (CVD) that strongly advised replacing saturated flat, like that found in coconut oil, with polyunsaturated fat, like corn oil, to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease by 30 percent.
All of this is in line with the most recent Dietary Guidelines for Americans that no longer emphasize a “low-fat” diet, but rather choosing quality, “good” fats. This includes replacing saturated fats that are known to contribute to heart disease with unsaturated fats, especially polyunsaturated fats, like those in Mazola Corn Oil.
With a high smoke point and neutral taste, Mazola Corn Oil performs well in a variety of cooking applications, including stir-frying, sautéing, grilling and even baking. Find a variety of delicious recipes at Mazola.com