Estimate: 100,000 die annually from effects of trans fats

From Food Consumer

Although there are various types of heart disease, coronary heart disease is considered to be the dominant condition in the United States. It also happens to be one of our country’s leading causes of death.

Coronary heart disease is a condition in which the arteries are blocked by plaque, which is formed by a variety of substances. These substances include, but are not limited to, cholesterol and calcium. So how do we limit this plaque buildup? Walter C. Willett, MD, Harvard School of Public Health, has this advice:

“Dietary trans fat or trans fatty acids found in partially hydrogenated vegetable oils have clear adverse effects and should be eliminated from a person’s diet. Harvard nutritionists and epidemiologists have estimated that as many as 100,000 deaths each year in the United States from heart disease have something to do with trans fat.”

“Reduced intake of saturated fat may possibly moderately cut the risk of coronary heart disease if saturated fat is replaced by a combination of poly-and unsaturated fat, particularly the former.”

Our advice: avoid fast food wherever possible, buy your food at a grocer you trust, and read the nutrition labels to avoid trans fats. Something to remember about them: trans fats are found almost exclusively in processed foods.

Finally, reducing some of the red meat and dairy that you eat and replacing it with nuts, fish, soy products, and non-hydrogenated vegetable oils will help decrease your risk of coronary artery disease.

This post is published by Sherman Health to provide general health information. It is not intended to provide personal medical advice, which should be obtained directly from your physician.

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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