Olive oil is well researched and has clear benefits over butter for heart health. Butter can raise blood cholesterol so it can increase your risk of heart disease. Olive oil, on the other hand, lowers your risk of heart disease. People who include olive oil in their weight loss program lose more weight than those on a low fat diet, and olive oil reduces bad LDL cholesterol. Studies show that 2-3 tablespoons a day can also lower blood pressure. The Heart Foundation recommend substituting unsaturated fats (think liquid oils) like olive oil for saturated fats (hard fats) like butter.
That’s why I thought cooking on olive oil teacake was worth a try and it tasted good too.
Leanne is an experienced dietitian who is passionate about helping people eat well.