Natural Fat is Good For Heart - Trans Fats Cause Heart
Disease by Michael Teplitsky
pressure, strokes, and obesity.
The truth is that it will do nothing of the kind.
The theory that saturated fat increases the risk of heart attack has been around
since about 1950s. This theory has since been disproved by many medical studies.
Some studies showed that a diet high in saturated fats can increase "bad" LDL
cholesterol. But it increased the "good" HDL cholesterol at the same time, so the
overall effect was unclear.
By far the largest and the most comprehensive study of this subject was the Nurses
Health Study that followed 80,082 women for over 14 years. They found that
neither the fat nor cholesterol in the diet were associated with increased risk of heart
disease. The rates of heart disease were about the same regardless of how much fat
Even eating food that contained cholesterol (an egg every day) did not increase the
risk of heart disease. This makes sense, because eggs are real food and people have
been eating them for thousands of years without any problems. It is true that eggs
have a small amount of cholesterol, but they are loaded with lecithin, essential fatty
acids, and B vitamins, all of which actually reduce the risk of heart disease.
There is one type of fat that definitely increased the heart risk - the trans-fats that
come from the "healthy" man-made foods that were created to help us avoid
"unhealthy" fats like butter, meat, and eggs.
One major source of trans-fats is partially hydrogenated vegetable oil, which is used
in margarines, breads, rolls, cookies, cakes, doughnuts, all kinds of baked goods,
salad dressings, potato chips, corn chips, and other snacks.
Trans-fatty acids produce chronic inflammation, a process that is linked to heart
disease, atherosclerosis, diabetes, stroke, Alzheimer's, cancer, and other chronic
conditions. They also increase the "bad" LDL cholesterol, while reducing the "good"
HDL cholesterol, exactly the opposite of what you want.
They increase the level of a bad fat called lipoprotein (a), which increases the risk of
heart disease. They injure the lining the blood vessels, making them more prone to
form plaques. They stimulate platelets (special cells that stick together to stop a
bleeding) to become too "sticky" which can cause unnecessary and dangerous blood
The first reports about possible harm appeared in early 1980s. By early 1990s there
was enough information to leave no doubt about how dangerous trans fats are. A
review article in the New England Journal of Medicine published in 2006 has
suggested that reducing trans fats by half would eliminate about 12-14 percent of
cases of heart disease. If you take a step further and remove trans fatty acids
almost completely, the number of cases of heart disease would be reduced by
almost 25 percent.
The bottom line is that fatty foods do not make you fat and they do not increase the
risk of heart disease. CLA (conjugated linoleic acid), which can only be found in fatty
foods, actually protects you from heart disease and even cancer. Plus, fatty vitamins
like A, D, K, and E can only be found in the fatty parts of animals or plants.
So you can eat all natural fatty foods without paying attention to how much fat they
contain. The key word here is natural.
I am not big on drinking milk, because it contains lactose, which many people find
difficult to digest. Plus, pasteurized milk is just plain unhealthy. But cheese, yogurt,
and other dairy products are OK to eat. Choose those that are made from whole
milk, not skim or 1-2%. Some experts recommend using only milk and dairy
products made from raw milk (unpasteurized), but they are hard to get these days.
Historically, people have been using whole cow or goat milk and products made from
them for thousands of year, much longer than safflower or soybean oil. Skim milk is
a recent invention. It is not natural and is not healthy.
This applies to butter too. Eat butter if you like it and don't be concerned about the
fat. But don't eat margarine or butter-like spreads, even if they claim to be healthy
and good for your heart. They do not contain natural fatty vitamins and CLA that you
get from butter.
Do not be afraid to eat eggs. They are loaded with nutrients that are good for you.
And don't be afraid of cholesterol. For more information about cholesterol, please
see my article Cholesterol Does Not Cause Heart Attacks, Low Levels Linked to
Strokes, Cancer, and Infection.
Definitely stay away from any products that contain partially hydrogenated vegetable
oils or even if they just mention "vegetable oil" on the label. Chances are they are
loaded with trans-fats that are dangerous to your health.
There are only 3 good vegetable oils: coconut, palm, and olive oil. You can use them
instead of the more common corn, safflower, canola, and soybean oils.
Coconut oil has been maligned by the fat-haters because it contains saturated fat.
This is true, but it does not make the coconut oil harmful. Just the opposite, it has
tremendous health benefits, especially for cardiovascular health, weight maintenance,
and strong immune system.
About The Author
Michael Teplitsky, MD has been practicing alternative and holistic medicine for over 20
years. He has treated thousands of patients using nutrition, herbs, and nutritional
supplements. His book Nutrition and Your Health explains complex and confusing
nutritional concepts in an easy to understand layman language. Please visit the
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I am sure you have heard that fats
are bad for your health, especially the
saturated fats, and you should avoid
fats and cholesterol because they will
make you fat and will kill you. We are
told to eat "low fat, low cholesterol"
diet. The American Heart Association
insists that total fat intake should be
no more than 30% of calories, and
saturated fat less than 10%.
According to most medical doctors
and nutritional "experts" low fat low
cholesterol diet will make you
healthy, trim and fit. And it will reduce
the risk of heart disease, high blood
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