Frans van Hofwegen asked...
I would like some information on Safflower oil.
I would like some information on Safflower oil, to help lower LDL and total cholesterol.
Safflower oil is derived, as you would, expect from safflowers. It is not widely available in the UK – health food shops are the key stockists. Safflower oil is also a good source of vitamin E, a body-protecting antioxidant. When it comes to cholesterol lowering, a key dietary step is to lower your intake of saturated fat (think butter, cream, fatty meat, pastries) and instead choose foods high in mono or polyunsaturated fats – oils such as safflower, sunflower, olive and rapeseed for example. There have only been a few small studies using safflower oil and a recent finding was that an intake of 8g (about 2 level teaspoons = 72 calories) a day, as part of a usual diet, didn’t affect ‘bad’ LDL cholesterol, but appeared to increase ‘good’ protective HDL cholesterol. When it comes to cholesterol lowering, and heart health, our diet overall is important.