‘Good fat’ cuts heart risk by a fifth, study shows

grilled salmonInformation for this post was taken from an article by BBC News. For the full article click here.

Harvard Medical School reports show that replacing saturated fats with polyunsaturated fats can decrease the risk of heart disease by one fifth!

It is advised that adults not get any more than 11% of their energy from saturated fats. This is due to the fact that saturated fats, found in foods such as butter or meat, will raise bad cholesterol and block the arteries to your heart. Whereas polyunsaturated fats, found in foods such as salmon, vegetable oils and sunflower seeds, help to increase your good cholesterol.

According to the Harvard analysis, increasing consumption of polyunsaturated fats by 5% lead to a 10% decrease in heart disease!

Victoria Taylor, from the British Heart Foundation, states:

“While the fat content and profile of your diet is clearly important, it must also be seen as just one part of a heart healthy diet where a low saturated fat and salt intake is combined with the consumption of oily fish and at least five portions of fruit and vegetables a day.”

If you’d like to know more about any heart risk factors or problems you may have, visit Sherman’s Heart and Vascular Center.

About Sherman Health

Sherman Health has provided medical care to Northern IL since 1888, and is currently home to a network of over 600 physicians. The Sherman blogs are edited by me, Luke. Questions? Comments? Links? Email address is luke at shermanhealth dot com.
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