A recent survey conducted by OnePoll found that 34% of respondents are held back from healthy cooking due to lack of knowledge on how to do so. In honor of National Cholesterol Awareness Month, I shared three cholesterol friendly recipes on TV and radio affiliates across that country that are easy to make and that the whole family will enjoy.
One thing that can make healthy cooking at home easy is to have an all-purpose cooking oil on hand like cholesterol-free, heart healthy Mazola. One of my favorite ways to use it in in baked goods and I’ve done that in my Baked Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal.
Maintaining healthy cholesterol levels is important to heart health in fact, even a 1 percent reduction in (LDL) cholesterol has been found to reduce the risk of heart disease by 2-3 percent. The Journal of Clinical Lipidology published a study that found that corn oil, like heart healthyMazola, can help lower cholesterol more than extra virgin olive oil.
I also prepared my Autumn Salad made with fresh seasonal pears and apples along with a heart healthy vinaigrette dressing. The American Heart Association issued a presidential advisory that strongly advised replacing saturated fats, like those found in coconut oil, with polyunsaturated fats, like those found in corn oil. Doing so may reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease by as much as 30 percent.
Finally we have my favorite weeknight dinner which is a 30-minute Fall Harvest Sheet Pan coated in a garlic herb marinade. All cooking oils have a smoke point that, once exceeded, negatively affects the food’s flavor and nutrition. So you want to choose a cooking oil with a high smoke point like Mazola which has a smoke point of 450 F.