Adding Monounsaturated Fats To a Low-Cholesterol Diet Can Improve Levels

A study conducted on patients regarding the cholesterol levels gave out some important findings that are published in the journal,

CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal)

on 2nd November, 2010. The study and its findings are given in the following article. The study came to a result that

adding monounsaturated fast to a low-cholesterol diet can improve levels

by increasing the good cholesterol and reducing the bad cholesterol levels.


  • The study was conducted on 24 patients. One group included 17 men and the other group 7 postmenopausal women. Both the groups have completed taking a low saturated diet before adding on either a low or high monounsaturated (MUFA) foods to their diet.
  • Both the groups were assigned a diet including barley, oats, eggplant, psyllium, soy, okra, almonds and margarine rich in plant sterols.
  • One group was assigned with high-MUFA diet and the other group with a low-MUFA diet. High-MUFA diet included sunflower oil and 13% of calories from carbohydrates were substituted from it by exchanging avocado oil for low-MUFA diet.


  • After a period of 2 months, the study made on the patients revealed that there was reduction in blood cholesterol levels.
  • By replacing 13% of calories from carbohydrates in the monounsaturated diet, there was an increase in 12.5% of good cholesterol (HDL) and a decrease in 35% of bad cholesterol (LDL) in a month.
  • Good cholesterol levels were also increased as a result of performing exercises, quitting alcohol and smoking.
  • Adding monounsaturated fats to the diet also improved the heart activity due to raised good cholesterol levels.

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