2. Olive Oil
One easy way to swap saturated bad fats for heart-healthy good fats is to use a teaspoon of olive oil as an alternative to that dollop of butter. Olive oil will increase HDL, or good, cholesterol and encourage a trimmer waistline as well. Why? Because olive oil contains heart-healthy phytosterols, which are plant-based compounds that help block cholesterol absorption.
Researchers at Biofortis Clinical Research, claim that consuming extra virgin olive oil (EVOO) decreases heart rate and diastolic blood pressure. The study monitored the effects of extra virgin olive oil on a group of 54 healthy male and female participants, for a total of 21 days and discovered that olive oil decreased LDL (bad) cholesterol by 11-percent. Interestingly enough, the same study found that corn oil was able to lower total cholesterol by roughly 9-percent.