Friday, February 2, 2007

Saturated Fat Causes Heart Disease

heart disease
Contrary to what you hear on the news, it is not the saturated fat in the foods we eat that is causing all of this heart disease, but rather, and far more, it is the excess carbohydrates from our starch- and sugar-laden diet that is making people fat and unhealthy, and leading to epidemic levels of a host of diseases such as diabetes and later, heart disease. Trans fats are another major contributing factor.

The reason why many people have not succeeded with the original diet-heart hypothesis that says a low-fat, high-carb diet is the best diet for the heart is likely explained by metabolic typing. We each have one of three metabolic types and each suits people to a different type of diet. Some people will benefit from a "high"-carb program that is two-thirds carbs as vegetables--while others need to follow a diet that is higher in protein to function optimally.

I do believe that we are slowly getting away from the old diet-heart hypothesis, however. The trend now is to place less emphasis on total cholesterol and more on other cardiac risk factors such as:

* Omega-3 fats
* Blood pressure
* Systemic inflammation indicators like C-reactive protein (CRP)
* Insulin levels
* Oxidative stress
* Homocysteine

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