Statistics Help Identify the Most Beneficial Dietary Oils (image) American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Share Print E-Mail Caption Using a statistical technique called network meta-analysis, researchers have combined the results of dozens of studies of dietary oils to identify those with the best effect on patients' LDL cholesterol and other blood lipids. They found that diets rich in oils from seeds like canola, safflower and flaxseed produce the best LDL reductions. This figure shows illustrates the concept of network meta-analysis, which extrapolates from direct clinical comparisons to determine indirect relationships between diets that have not been compared in the clinic. Credit Lukas Schwingshackl et al. Journal of Lipid Research 2018 Usage Restrictions CC-BY. You are free to copy and redistribute the image as long as you provide appropriate credit. Share Print E-Mail Disclaimer: AAAS and EurekAlert! are not responsible for the accuracy of news releases posted to EurekAlert! by contributing institutions or for the use of any information through the EurekAlert system.