BEACON TRANSCRIPT – The American Heart Association developed a new advisory which encourages people who cannot give up fatty foods. What is bad for our health are saturated fats, so replacing them with healthy vegetable fats can actually reduce the levels of cholesterol and the risk of developing heart disease.
Lay off saturated fats in favor of vegetable fats
Healthy fats include the mono- and poly-unsaturated types. These are generally taken from oils. Olive, avocado, safflower, and canola oils contain mono-unsaturated fats, while peanut, corn, and soybean oils contain poly-unsaturated fats. On the other hand, meat contains saturated fats, as well as dairy with full fat concentrations or palm and coconut oil.
People realized saturated fats put them at risk, so they wondered if they should impose guidelines on reducing the consumption of such foods. Therefore, the American Heart Association decided to analyze the issue. Dr. Frank Sacks, the lead author of the study, explained why this is important.
“We want to set the record straight on why well-conducted scientific research overwhelmingly supports limiting saturated fat in the diet to prevent diseases of the heart and blood vessels.”
Unsaturated fats reduce heart disease risk
Saturated fats are bad for the heart, because they increase the levels of bad cholesterol. However, researchers found a solution. You can still provide your body with the necessary fat by consuming poly-unsaturated vegetable oil. Results showed it could reduce the risk of heart disease by 30 percent.
Also, you can keep consuming saturated fats, but significantly reduce their quantity, and eat more poly- or mono-saturated fats. Palm oil, although promoted as healthy, increases the bad cholesterol, and sugars or carbohydrates affect the heart as well.
The advisory was published in the journal Circulation. It does not concentrate on reducing the unhealthy foods, since you can boost your protection against certain diseases by consuming more nutrients found in vegetable oil, fruits, vegetables, nuts, or whole grains.
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