A Low Fat Diet just might be setting you up for a heart attack.
New research shows that a low fat diet will lower the amount of
cholesterol in your body. I can almost hear you saying, "And your point
In a nutshell HDL cholesterol is composed of large buoyant particles
known, as APO A1, which are "anti-atherogenic." This means that they act
like guardian angels to reverse heart disease by scooping up the plaque
that could clog your arteries and cause a heart attack or stroke.
According to Reuters Health, researchers at Buffalo's State University
York tracked two similar a groups of healthy, sedentary adults. The
ate a low fat diet (less than 20 percent of calories from fat) for three
A second group chowed down on a high-fat eating plan, which consisted of
or more of calories from fat.
Researchers found that the levels of good cholesterol (HDL) in those who
ate the high fat diet plummeted by more than 14% compared to those who
consumed a low fat diet. Further, the high fat diet group increased
their HDL cholesterol count to 63 mg/dl, which is near the top of the
If you've been concerned that a low carb diet could increase your risk
of a heart attack...worry not. A new study just reported in the Journal
of the American Medical Association, proves once again that eating a
low-carb, high-fat diet does not raise the risk of heart disease.
Let's define the right kind of low carb diet. A better term would be
"slow carb." We want the carbohydrates that are high in fiber and digest
slowly to avoid an insulin rush. These include plenty of vegetables,
beans and whole grains. Limit the sugary carbs, white flour and pasta to
The study, which examined more than 82,000 women over 20 years, found
that those who got their carbohydrates from refined sugars and processed
foods nearly doubled their risk of heart disease.
During the term of the study, food labels were not required to disclose
the amount of trans fats in the products, and the research did not
determine the types of fat that were consumed by the subjects.
One of my pet peeves is that the experts commonly lump all types of fat
in the same pot.
All fat is not created equal.
There are some fats and
oils that are essential to good health and most Americans do not get
nearly enough of them.
There is one fat that can greatly shorten your life...trans fat. You
should avoid it like the plague. Whenever you see “partially
hydrogenated oil” on the label you know it has trans fats.
In the ongoing Nurses Health Study each 2% increase in trans fat
consumption converted to a whopping 93% increase in coronary heart
If you want a healthy heart the low fat diet comes in second best to the
common sense approach of eating complex carbohydrates and lots of