Good Fats Are As Helpful As Statins In Fighting Against Heart Disease
Recently, the American Heart Association has remained the people that there are bad and good dietary fats. They also said that swapping the saturated fats with healthy vegetable fats is good for heart health as the saturated fats can clog the arteries.
An earlier study shows a reduction to cardiovascular diseases by nearly 30 percent with the lower consumption of saturated fat or swapping saturated fats with polyunsaturated fats. The American Heart Association says the benefits with the swapping of fats will be similar to statins (cholesterol-lowering drugs).
The experts are advising consumers to replace or swap the bad fat with the good fat. They also say not to cut the consumption of good fats such as peanut, soybean and corn oil. The fat percentage in the oils is as follows.
Both polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats are good for heart health. The saturated fats can be swapped for polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats. They can lower blood cholesterol levels. Each gram of fat can provide nine calories of energy.
The experts say that the upper limit for fat consumption is about 0.4 to 0.5 grams of the target weight in pounds. If the target weight is 155 pounds, then the upper limit for fat consumption is between 62 grams and 77.5 grams.
The American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association are advising people to bring down the consumption of saturated fats to five percent of total calorie consumption. The earlier studies have found that heart diseases and cardiovascular diseases can be prevented by limiting the saturated fat in the diet. The saturated fats can increase the LDL or bad cholesterol levels, a major risk factor to heart and cardiovascular diseases.
The lead author of the advisory was Dr. Frank M Sacks, professor of Cardiovascular Disease Prevention, the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. The study was published in the journal Circulation, Title of the article is "Dietary Fats and Cardiovascular Disease: A Presidential Advisory From the American Heart Association".
The American Heart Association Says Not To Use Coconut Oil For Your Dietary Needs
Coconut oil contains more saturated fat, which can increase the LDL cholesterol level. But, earlier studies have found that coconut oil is good for heart health.
Now the American Heart Association has urged people to avoid using coconut oil for your dietary needs. They say that coconut oil can cause cardiovascular disease by increasing the LDL cholesterol level in the blood. This oil can offset the favorable effects in the body.
The American Heart Association says that the effects on the health with coconut oil is similar to the effects with fats such as beef fat, palm oil and butter. They advised people to swap coconut oil with fats such as safflower, olive, peanut, corn, soybean, canola and avocado oil.
The Heart Association says that the polyunsaturated fat appears to be the best fat for the heart health followed by the monounsaturated fats. The experts say that coconut oil is good for external use but not for dietary consumption.
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Published by Jammi Vasista, Chennai, India.