More evidence against saturated fat
A small study showed evidence once again that the intake of saturated
fats, even in small doses, prevents “good” cholesterol (HDL) from
protecting our bodies from clogged arteries.
According to Dr. Charles McCauley, a cardiologist with Marshfield
Clinic in Wisconsin, "What we put into our mouth makes a big difference
in terms of our health."
In this study, 14people ranging in ages 18-40, ate two meals of
carrot cake and a milkshake one month apart. One meal was high in
saturated fat -- using coconut oil -- and the other was high in
polyunsaturated fat -- using safflower oil.
After just a few hours of eating the cake and shakes, the arteries of
the participants showed less anti-inflammatory properties and the lining
of the arteries were hindered from expanding to promote blood flow. On
the other hand, after a few hours of the polyunsaturated fat rich meal,
their blood showed more anti-inflammatory agents.
Saturated fats are found mostly in food from animals, including beef,
pork, lard, poultry fat, butter, milk and cheeses, and some plants,
including coconut oil, palm oil and cocoa butter.
Polyunsaturated fats are found in oils from plants, including
safflower, sesame and sunflower seeds, corn and soybeans, many nuts and
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