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New Dietary Guidelines Encourage Consumption Of Heart Healthy Oils

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The United States Department of Agriculture recommends using oils containing mono- and polyunsaturated fats to promote cardiovascular health instead of reaching for the butter when cooking.

The Dietary Guidelines for Americans were recently updated to include olive and canola oils in place of butter and oils that are high in saturated fat.

One tablespoon of olive oil contains 2 grams of artery-clogging fat, while the same amount of butter delivers 7 grams.

Additionally, U.S. citizens are being encouraged to eat less of everything — especially sugary, salty and fatty foods — in an effort to reduce the obesity epidemic which has monetary costs as well as health risks.

The recommendations appear to be in line with what many call the Mediterranean diet: High in fruits, vegetables, whole grains and seafood.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has reported that an estimated 30 percent of Americans are obese. Also, medical problems stemming from excess weight add up to an estimated $92 billion total, as of 2002, the last year the figures were reported.

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