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Wednesday, March 9, 2016

70,000+ People Have Proven That Eating These Kinds of Fats Can Save Your Life

African American Fats

Did you know that not all fats are the same? There are actually three kinds of fats; saturated fats, monounsaturated fats, and polyunsaturated fats. According to the American Heart Association (AHA), eating the "right" fats could save 1 million lives per year. But, which ones are good?

The truth about fats

Saturated fat comes mainly from animal sources of food, such as red meat, poultry and full-fat dairy products. Monounsaturated fat is found in a variety of foods and oils. Polyunsaturated fat is found mostly in plant-based foods and oils. Saturated fat raises total blood cholesterol levels and low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol levels, which can increase your risk of cardiovascular disease. Saturated fat may also increase your risk of type 2 diabetes, according to most all health sources.

An article that recently appeared on, a global health web site, challenges this claim, saying the initial study that led to current dietary guidelines only included 7 countries, instead of all 22. They also claim that the guidelines were influenced by industries who are not related to public health. Further, they point to 6 clinical trials that seem to indicate that limiting saturated fats actually increased mortality rates.

Good cholesterol vs. bad cholesterol

LDL is considered the bad cholesterol. But according to the article, there are two types of LDL, and research has shown that it is the small, dense LDL particles that can cause heart disease. Why? Because they are smaller, they can travel easily through the arterial wall and build up plaque in the arteries. The large, fluffy LDL particles do not contribute to heart disease. In fact, you can do more damage by eating refined sugar and carbohydrates found in bread, bagels and soda, than eating foods containing saturated fats.

The bottom line is that some studies have shown that saturated fats, rather than increase the risk of heart disease, provide a number of important health benefits.

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