How to Lower Cholesterol With Olive Oil

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Cooking with olive oil can be a great way to lower your body's cholesterol. Lower cholesterol with olive oil with help from a health and nutrition expert in this free video clip.

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Hi, I'm JJ Virgin, nutrition and fitness expert of Jjvirgin.com, and today I'm here to talk to you about how to lower cholesterol with olive oil. Olive oil is a staple in the Mediterranean diet. It's rich in MUFAS. I just love saying that, Monounsaturated Unfatty Acids and high in plant sterols and stanols and those are the secret sauce that help not only lower cholesterol but also by thee way to lower blood pressure and your recommended dose, about two tablespoons a day. Now that's not really like ooh, I have to take my medicine. This is delicious stuff, right? But let me show you a couple different ways that you can use it and something you probably didn't know that's important to realize. When you're cooking with olive oil, you use the regular olive oil. When you're not cooking, say you're putting it on salads, you're not heating it up, that's where you use that extra virgin olive oil. So one of the things I love to do is roast vegetables with olive oil, totally fabulous. In fact, Brussels sprouts are my most favorite vegetable to roast with olive oil. So what I do, I cut them in half, cut the stems off and then I'm going to coat them with regular olive oil, remember not the extra virgin and roast them in the oven at $450 for 20 minutes or so until they get a little bit crispy and crunchy. They are absolutely delicious. Now, if I'm making a salad, that's where I'm going to use the extra virgin olive oil and by the way you can just up the ante there. Another staple of the Mediterranean diet besides olive oil are olives, so you can throw some olives in there as well. I'm JJ Virgin of Jjvirgin.com and that's how to lower your cholesterol with olive oil.

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