Increasing polyunsaturated fats in your diet will keep your heart healthy

Carol RoachStarred Page By Carol Roach, 17th Feb 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Polyunsaturated fats are a good source of energy for the body whereas saturated fats contributed to various diseases such as diabetes and heart disease.

Introduction

Health conscious people are aware that saturated fat in our diets is a major factor contributing to diabetes, obesity, heart disease, and other illnesses. It fact the news about bad cholesterol and heart disease has been circulating for about 60 years. Now the scientific world is saying that rather than lowering saturated fat it might be better to increase our intake of polyunsaturated fats.

Various studies

Most of the older studies never indicated what had replaced saturated fats. Little was recorded about the replacement of saturated fats with polyunsaturated fats. However, there has been a campaign to replace saturated fats with trans fats (partially hydrogenated oils) instead of lard.

New research points to the fact that trans fats may be more dangerous for heart disease and stroke than saturated fats.

Whereas the consumption of saturated fats is generally on the decline in North America, the intake of sugar and refined flour is on the rise.

Research findings show that when people replace saturated fats such as beef fat, veal, lamb, pork, lard, poultry fat, butter, cream, milk, cheeses and other dairy products made from whole and 2 percent milk with polyunsaturated fats namely, vegetables oils, fish, nuts, seeds and oils from plants, their risk for heart disease is lowered by 19 percent.

Researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health reviewed the data from 8 medical studies where the subjects had made the switch in the journal PLoS Medicine. These studies also included the medical data concerning heart disease and stroke. What they found was for every 5 percent increase in polyunsaturated fats, the risk for heart disease decreased by 10 percent and the benefits further increase depending on the longer switchover times.

A healthy diet

This study serves to reinforce the necessity for polyunsaturated foods like safflower oil, fatty fish, nuts and seeds to be part of our healthy diet.

According to The Institute of Medicine, the standard polyunsaturated fats daily intake recommendation is 3 to 5 of calories per day, but in light of this new research it may be well advised to consume even more than that. The Harvard School of Public Heath recommends consumers take in 15 per cent of energy a day, which they base on the intake of the individuals in the studies.

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Retired therapist and author of two books, freelance writer, newsletter editor, and blogger. I write, health, mental health, women's issues, animal , celebrity, history, and SEO articles.

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