Jenna Cee livestrong.com Apr 13, 2011
If you have high cholesterol or you try to eat healthfully, you probably know that olive oil is good for your heart. This is because the dietary fats in olive oil are healthful, “good” unsaturated fats. Monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats can lower your cholesterol, which is regarded as a significant risk factor for heart disease. A lesser known cooking oil, hemp oil, is now available at many health food stores and on the Internet. If you are trying to lower or control your cholesterol, hemp oil might be of interest to you and your health and wellness goals.
Hemp seed oil offers a very balanced dietary fat nutritional protocol, according to clinical nutrition specialist Dr. Jonny Bowden, Ph.D. In other words, hemp seed oil has as favorable balance of saturated fat to monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats. While olive oil is dominant in monounsaturated fat, hemp seed oil has polyunsaturated, monounsaturated and both omega-3 and omega-6 essential fatty acids. Dr. Bowden explains that a lot of the omega-6 is in the form of gamma-linolenic acid or GLA. The average American diet is often deficient in GLA. Although hemp seed oil only about 2 percent GLA, hemp is the only edible seed oil that contains GLA…MORE (livstrong.com)