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How can my doctor help me decide which cooking oil to use for my health?

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You should stick to the guidelines your doctor gave you. Your body needs some fat, but fat is rich in calories (9 calories per gram), and some types of fat are healthier than others. It's possible to get too much, even of the "good" fats. Your doctor, or a registered dietitian, can let you know what limits you should follow.

SOURCES:

Cleveland Clinic: “Heart Healthy Cooking: Oils 101,” “Olive Oil vs. Coconut Oil: Which is Heart-healthier?”

American Heart Association: “Fats 101 Q&A,” “Potassium and High Blood Pressure.”

National Institutes of Health Office of Dietary Supplements: “Magnesium.”

News release, King's College London.

Psaltopoulou, T. , October 2004. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition

Ros, E. , July 2010. Nutrients

Salazar, M. April 26, 2005. Journal of Ethnopharmacology,

News release, American Heart Association.

Bakhtin, I. , 2006. Vopr Pitan

Nurul-Iman, B. 2013. Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine,

Reviewed by Kathleen M. Zelman on June 13, 2018

SOURCES:

Cleveland Clinic: “Heart Healthy Cooking: Oils 101,” “Olive Oil vs. Coconut Oil: Which is Heart-healthier?”

American Heart Association: “Fats 101 Q&A,” “Potassium and High Blood Pressure.”

National Institutes of Health Office of Dietary Supplements: “Magnesium.”

News release, King's College London.

Psaltopoulou, T. , October 2004. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition

Ros, E. , July 2010. Nutrients

Salazar, M. April 26, 2005. Journal of Ethnopharmacology,

News release, American Heart Association.

Bakhtin, I. , 2006. Vopr Pitan

Nurul-Iman, B. 2013. Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine,

Reviewed by Kathleen M. Zelman on June 13, 2018

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