We now know to leave non-organic canola oil out of our frying pans—but what's the best oil for your overall heart health? According to Joel Kahn, cardiologist, founder of the Kahn Center for Cardiac Longevity, and author of The Whole Heart Solution, the answer is organic extra-virgin olive oil.
"If you replace saturated fat like butter, lard, etc. with [organic] vegetable oils, your risk of having a heart attack goes down by 25%," he said during a panel discussion at Mindbodygreen's Revitalize 2016 event. He did go on to discount the ever-popular coconut oil as a saturated fat replacement, simply because "there's no extra-virgin coconut oil in the Mediterranean diet," which Kahn swears by.
As an advocate of the Mediterranean diet, Kahn believes in eating a primarily plant-based diet consisting of vegetables, fruits, legumes, nuts, olive oil, and herbs and spices instead of salt and pepper. This diet also limits red meat consumption to no more than a few times a month, opting for poultry and fish a few times a week instead.
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