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TUESDAY TIP – EATING MORE HEALTHY FATS WILL LOWER YOUR RISK OF HEART DISEASE

New research suggests that as many as 700,000 deaths each year could be avoided if people ATE MORE HEALTHY FATS.

Heart disease is the leading cause of death worldwide.

Fats are chemically very complex but they can be broadly divided into saturated, polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats.

Saturated fats have multiple actions inside the human body to raise circulating cholesterol, particularly the bad or LDL cholesterol. Along with salt, saturated fats also raise blood pressure, increase inflammation and reduce the ability of blood vessels to relax.

Saturated fats pose a real and measureable threat to heart health. Nevertheless the BENEFIT OF POLYUNSATURATED FATS IS OFTEN FORGOTTEN.

Polyunsaturated fats are found in fish (as omega-3 polyunsaturated fats) and plants (mainly as omega-6 polyunsaturated fats in plant oils such as sunflower, safflower, seeds and nuts).

In a recently published analysis of international trends in health and dietary fat intakes, the dangers of not consuming enough healthy polyunsaturated fats was exposed.

It was calculated that reducing saturated fat in the diet would reduce the rates of heart disease death by 4%. This same analysis also highlighted that eating too little healthy polyunsaturated fats increased the risk of heart disease by 8%.

Unlike saturated fats, polyunsaturated fats may have a beneficial effect on lowering risk of heart disease. Fish, nuts, seeds and vegetables oils should make up part of a healthy diet.

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