Olive oil has been linked to reduced risk of coronary artery disease and cardiovascular disease. But to get the benefit from its heart-healthy properties, it’s best to use it as a replacement for a less-healthy fat such as butter or canola oil, Frank Hu, Fredrick J. Stare Professor of Nutrition and Epidemiology and chair of the Department of Nutrition, said in a March 5, 2020 Newsweek article.
“We’re talking about moderate changes in eating behaviors,” Hu said. “Instead of using butter for your bread, dip it in olive oil. Instead of using a store-bought salad dressing, use olive oil and vinegar.” He said that these small changes could improve cholesterol, reduce inflammatory biomarkers, and improve cardiovascular health.
Read the Newsweek article: Using olive oil instead of these foods could add years to the life of your heart, study says