Study shows rapeseed oil could help reduce cholesterol

26 June 2014        

Oil

Consuming rapeseed oil could help reduce your cholesterol levels, researchers say.

The Canadian study looked at the effects of eating a loaf of bread high in rapeseed oil as part of a low glycaemic index diet on cholesterol and blood sugar levels in 141 people with type 2 diabetes.

The findings suggest eating the oil-rich bread was as effective at lowering the amount of “bad” cholesterol in the blood as 20mg of statins and reduced a person’s risk of suffering a cardiovascular event such as a heart attack or stroke by 7%.

The study also showed rapeseed oil reduced a person’s blood sugar level, particularly in participants with high blood pressure. 

This should not be taken as a sign that patients can throw caution to the wind and stop taking their statins


Tracy Parker, our Heart Health Dietician, said: “These findings further demonstrate just how important it is to replace saturated fats such as butter, lard and ghee, with healthier unsaturated fats like olive and rapeseed oil, to help reduce blood cholesterol.

“However, it should not be taken as a sign that patients can throw caution to the wind and stop taking their statins as prescribed. If you have any concerns about your medication speak to your GP.

“The type of fat you eat isn’t the only important factor in a heart healthy diet. While rapeseed oil may benefit your heart, consuming it on top of an unhealthy diet is unlikely to make much difference to your health. You need to make other changes too, like eating more fruit and vegetables, whole grains and eating less sugary, fatty snacks.”