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Monday, August 14, 2006

More about bad fats

Eating just one meal high in saturated fat, in this case, carrot cake and a milkshake, can quickly prevent "good" cholesterol from protecting the body against clogged arteries, a small study shows........Saturated fat has long been linked to the buildup of plaque that can lead to heart attacks and strokes. HDL, the "good" cholesterol, protects arteries from the inflammation that leads to artery-clogging plaques. And plaque hurts the ability of arteries to expand to carry blood to tissues and organs.

The researchers, led by Dr. Stephen Nicholls, a cardiologist now at the Cleveland Clinic, found that three hours after eating the saturated-fat cake and shake, the lining of the arteries was hindered from expanding to increase blood flow. And after six hours, the anti-inflammatory qualities of the good cholesterol were reduced.

But the polyunsaturated meal seemed to improve those anti-inflammatory qualities. Also, fewer inflammatory agents were found in the arteries than before the meal.



Gary Moller comments:
This further cements the case for adding more of the healthy fats to your diet while reducing the less healthy fats mostly animal fats and I would add hydrogenated fats to the list: Oils that have been produced by industrial means - margarines and many of the cheaper cooking oils.

Fish oils, flaxseed oil, olive oil, walnut oil and many others can be added to the diet to provide a healthy balance.


Wayne said...

theres a direct corelation between teh amount of saturated fat people eat and how long they live, the more saturated fat the shorter they live. and when thats combined with a stressful lifestyle, life expectancy plummets

Wayne said...

most oils sold at the supermarket are of little nutrative value for essential fatty acids, they have been over heated in processing and they essential fatty acids have been damaged. they are capable of causing the damage that hardens arteries and the heart muscle itself, look for cold presed oils, fish flax and walnut oil especially should be refrigerated where you buy them and kept refrigerated to avoid warmth and oxygen combining to damage the fat, stay away from ALL Margarines regardless what ht label says they bave been modified and their essential fatty acid value is debateable, there are too many other toxic constituents in margarine.
a cure for obstructed blood supply to the heart used to be to eat butter! that was when buttter was unpasteurised and it contained lipase the enzyme that would digest the fat clogging up arteries. selenium is crucial to prevent fat oxidising body tissue,selenium is deficient in NZ soils so eat seafood to make up for this and or supplement it.

Anonymous said...

According to Don Tolman of Farmacist Desk Reference fame(Google him for more info), if you eat a grapefruit a day, with some of the pith,for twenty-one days, it will clean out your arteries like "Drano"
I've been trying it after being given a box of organically grown grapefruit. Peeling off the skin,(with a sharp paring knife) but leaving lots of pith and chopping it into Small pieces, I found it could take up to ten minutes to eat and chew properly. I enjoyed it, but wanted to cut down the time factor, as I would have it on coming in from my morning exercise, and before I hit the shower. The time could make the difference between getting into my office at the time I like to, which is 8am. And I always have breakfast after getting cleaned up and dressed. The solution was to prepare the grapefruit as usual, then put it into the blender with some water. Being more liquid, I could half drink it, half eat it. There was still alot of fibre and so half eating it ensures the digestive enzymes in your saliva will get mixed in.