More Monounsatured Fat May Raise "Good" Cholesterol

SUMMARY: Higher intake of monounsaturated fat may raise high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol without raising low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol. 

FINDINGS: For patients who consumed a dietary portfolio high in monounsaturated fat, HDL cholesterol rose, whereas for those consuming the dietary portfolio low in monounsaturated fat, HDL cholesterol did not change. Monounsaturated fat increased the effectiveness of a cholesterol-lowering dietary portfolio, despite statin-like reductions in LDL cholesterol. The potential benefits to lower cardiovascular risk were achieved through increases in HDL cholesterol and further reductions in the ratio of total to HDL cholesterol. A more detailed abstract of this research is available via the Canadian Medical Association Journal web site ( 

AUTHORS: David J.A. Jenkins, MD, Laura Chiavaroli, MSc, Julia M.W. Wong, PhD RD, Cyril Kendall, PhD, Gary F. Lewis, MD, Edward Vidgen, BSc, Philip W. Connelly, PhD, Lawrence A. Leiter, MD, Robert G. Josse, MBBS, Benoît Lamarche, PhD. 

Source: National Sunflower Association