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Doctor insights on: Leading Sources Of Saturated Fat In The American Diet Include

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Dr. Arthur Heller
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Diet (Definition)

refers to all the physical matter humans (like all living creatures) must take in on a recurring basis; only partially for energy. Like all life on planet humans are open systems which keep tearing down their structure & require intake of atoms/molecules from which to rebuild their structure. Intestinal lining cells replaced ~every 3 days. CaPO4 in bones ~every 6 years, ...Read more


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What's the best way to avoid saturated fat in my diet?

What's the best way to avoid saturated fat in my diet?

Dont eat animals: Most saturated fat comes in the form of animal meats and fat, the skin of the chicken and turkey is all saturated fat, as is the white ribbed part of a steak. Reducing your intake of meat and poultry, can help. ...Read more

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If saturated fats are a concern, why does an all plant based diet not warn about all the saturated fat in nuts and seeds?

Some do.: Some people do suggest avoiding nuts and seeds, especially if you have heart disease. Of nuts, walnuts are probably the most healthy. Chia seeds have a favorable omega 3 vs 6 profile. ...Read more

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If you start exercising lots at an early age can it prevent plaque build up or do you need to eat a low saturated fat diet as well?

If you start exercising lots at an early age can it prevent plaque build up or do you need to eat a low saturated fat diet as well?

There is increasing: Evidence that sugar is the villain, not fat. Yes, exercise is essential through life. We were not designed to be couch potatoes. My standard advice repeatedly is----stick to god made food and leave the man made stuff alone, especially sugar and sweeteners. ...Read more

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Is 92% "daily value" (18 grams) saturated fat too high on a 2000 calorie diet for someone who is slightly underweight and mildly active/sedentary?

Is 92% "daily value" (18 grams) saturated fat too high on a 2000 calorie diet for someone who is slightly underweight and mildly active/sedentary?

No: The 2000 calorie diet is a recommendation for a female of an ideal weight so is a saturated fat intake. For an ideal male it's around 2400. Your saturated fat intake is ok, but if you're concerned about it's effect on your body ask your doctor to run a cholesterol panel and it will tell you whether you need to modify your diet. ...Read more

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How does a saturated fat-rich diet help the development of cardiovascular disease?

How does a saturated fat-rich diet help the development of cardiovascular disease?

Fats clog arteries: Fatty meals contain cholesterol and lipids that are able to penetrate the lining of your arteries including the coronary arteries and the arteries that feed the brain. The penetration of the smooth arterial wall allows an inflammatory reaction resulting in a fatty plaque. Plaque rupture causes a clot to form in the arterry blocking the flow of blood/oxygen resulting in a heart attack or stroke. ...Read more

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How does a diet rich in saturated fat contribute to the development of cardiovascular disease? What does the fat do?

How does a diet rich in saturated fat contribute to the development of cardiovascular disease? What does the fat do?

This is not true: Dietary saturated fats & dietary choleseterol do not cause heart disease. Studies consistently show that saturated fats raise HDL (the good cholesterol). Sugars & excess carbs on the other hand, particularly high frutose corn syrup raise triglycerides, contribute to Insulin resistance & eventually cause full blown diabetes, high blood pressure & heart disease. ...Read more

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I've always been underweight, but my diet has included (a lot?) saturated fat (92% dv per day) the past year, should I worry about heart attack?

I've always been underweight, but my diet has included (a lot?) saturated fat (92% dv per day) the past year, should I worry about heart attack?

I will recommend: You to get a lipid panel and check triglycerides, total cholesterol, HDL and LDL cholesterol. Also, balance your diet more with more proteins, complex carbohydrates, vegetables and less unsaturated fats. Being skinny do not always translate into being healthy. I will avoid saturated fats at all. ...Read more

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Dr. Suzanne Galli
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Saturated Fat (Definition)

Saturated fat is a kind of fat found in certain foods. Eating high amounts of saturated fats over time may make a person more prone to developing heart disease and plaques ...Read more