Question: I have high cholesterol levels and triglycerides. The doctor told me to change olive oil for sunflower oil. What is your opinion about this measure? Is this oil healthier or is it due to my specific case? François (Jacksonville).
Answer: It is possible that your doctor has recommended you to include sunflower oil in your diet because this oil is rich in plant sterols that decrease the absorption of cholesterol in the digestive tract, producing a reduction of LDL cholesterol without affecting HDL cholesterol or triglycerides In addition to sunflower oil, plant sterols are also found in legumes and, to a lesser extent, in nuts, bread and vegetables.