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Why do doctors recommend a reduced intake of saturated fats?

Why do doctors recommend a reduced intake of saturated fats?

To protect the heart: Saturated fats are usually from animal products we consume in our diet, such as dairy products and red meat. Eating a lot of saturated fat can raise one's cholesterol, which is directly related to a higher risk of coronary artery disease. If one's coronary (heart) arteries are narrowing from cholesterol plaques, the blood supply to the heart gets blocked, causing a higher risk of mortality. ...Read more

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Dr. Krishna Kumar
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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


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Do I lose benefits of lower saturated fats and lower cholesterol if I have some butter intake?

Do I lose benefits of lower saturated fats and lower cholesterol if I have some butter intake?

No: Your overall diet is more important, not the occasional intake of some butter. Don't worry about this. ...Read more

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Why should I eat small amounts of salt, fat and drink less alcohol I regards to hypertension.

Why should I eat small amounts of salt, fat and drink less alcohol I regards to hypertension.

They raise BP!: You have identified the foods that contain substances that seem to aggravate high blood pressure. While ingesting salt does not actually cause high blood pressure, one you have it or are at risk for it, excess salt in diet retains fluid increasing blood volume and pressure. Alcohol also raises blood pressure, and fat is associated with weight gain causing high blood pressure. Limit all 3! ...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?

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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I've started a plant based low fat diet, but it prohibits all fats, even natural fats. Are fats needed? Is a lack of fats bad for my health?

I've started a plant based low fat diet, but it prohibits all fats, even natural fats. Are fats needed? Is a lack of fats bad for my health?

Fats are essential: Good fats are critical for health. Your brain operates on fat, not glucose like the rest of the body. Naturally occurring vegetarian fats such as nuts, avocados, seeds, olive oil are great and if only eating a vegetarian diet, you will need more. Plant based diets are great if done well which means eating real vegetables, some fruit, lots of nuts and seeds, and minimizing the carbs to 3/day ...Read more

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How much saturated fat can increase risk of arterial plaque based on 2000 calorie diet? I get about 12-16g per day (but i also get 60-80g mufa).

How much saturated fat can increase risk of arterial plaque based on 2000 calorie diet? I get about 12-16g  per day (but i also get 60-80g mufa).

20 gm or less: I think less. But 20 gm or less is what health.Gov recommends for a 2000 cal. Diet. http://www.health.gov/dietaryguidelines/dga2000/document/choose.htm. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/mufas/an02120. ...Read more

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If saturated and trans fats do not add up to total fats, what are the remaining fats?

If saturated and trans fats do not add up to total fats, what are the remaining fats?

Unsaturated fats: The remaining fats are unsaturated fats. Trans fats are very toxic and should be avoided as much as possible. Most saturated fats are unhealthy, though smaller saturated fats like lauric acid in coconut oil are not unhealthy. Other fats are monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats, which are relatively healthy but can become less healthy when heated. ...Read more

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Can you let me know how many grams of fat, carbs and protein would you recommend I have in a 2400 calorie diet?

Can you let me know how many grams of fat, carbs and protein would you recommend I have in a 2400 calorie diet?

Ratio of foods: Ahhh, the classic answer is 40/30/30. That is 40% carbs, 30% fat, 30% protein. But i disagree. Much more important is to eliminate sweets and starches, getting 100% of carbs from non-starch vegetables and a small amt. Of fruit. The eat a modest amt. Of protein. This way there is no counting, measuring or weighing and weight control is a snap. Just don't be in denial of what you're eating. ...Read more

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Do mono & polyunsat fat really lower ldl? Or is it if you use them in place of equal amounts of saturated fat LDL will go down from not eating bad fat

Do mono & polyunsat fat really lower ldl? Or is it if you use them in place of equal amounts of saturated fat LDL will go down from not eating bad fat

Stick with monos!: Saturated and poly-unsaturated fats are to be avoided if you can substitute everything with monos. Of course, this is impossible, but i've got a better one for you. The latest info is LDL particle number is the only true independent risk factor for predicting vascular events. If you know this much now, go have your fasting NMR test done. That will direct you to aggressive diet or medical therapy. ...Read more

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How often should you go over your reccomended saturated fat intake?

Anytime you want: But it's not good for you or your cholesterol. ...Read more

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Doctors, what are the recomended daily amounts of fat, carbs and protein for a healthy 20 year old?

Doctors, what are the recomended daily amounts of fat, carbs and protein for a healthy 20 year old?

Use the Myplate: Here is a great website that describes dietary guidelines via ChooseMyPlate.gov https://www.choosemyplate.gov/dietary-guidelines ...Read more

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Hi docs, would drinking high amounts of water remove the affects of a high salt diet?

Hi docs, would drinking high amounts of water remove the affects of a high salt diet?

Somewhere between: not much and not a bit. First, in fluid accumulation, taking both water and salt makes it much worse. High salt diets do NOT generally get people's sodium level abnormal simply because it triggers thirst and people drink and it triggers water retnetion and people swell. ...Read more

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Atkins diet: do I need under 9grams of any carb including fiber per hour?

Atkins diet: do I need under 9grams of any carb including fiber per hour?

Website: Since Healthtap physicians are asked not to endorse product lines – would recommend that you refer directly to the Atkin's website. ...Read more

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Why do you need a certain amount of thiamine and riboflavin in your diet every day?

Why do you need a certain amount of thiamine and riboflavin in your diet every day?

Thiamine Riboflavin: I commend you for your desire for Good Health! Thiamin acts as a cofactor for the metabolism of carbohydrates, helping turn starch and sugar into the energy our bodies need, and plays an important role in nerve transmission. Riboflavin coenzymes play major role in energy production, cellular function, growth and metabolism of fats, drugs, and steroid. ...Read more

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Are nuts considered a fat to watch out while on Accutane or just sugar and saturated fats? I eat 2tbsps +- p day of nuts + some saturated fat not much

Are nuts considered a fat to watch out while on Accutane or just sugar and saturated fats? I eat 2tbsps +- p day of nuts + some saturated fat not much

Nuts are healthy: Nuts are a healthy part of your diet but only if you avoid the typical highly salted peanuts common to the states. Recent study of mediterranean diet found benefit from those who ate lots of nuts, say 30g/d: 15g/d of walnuts, 7.5g/d of almonds & 7.5g/d of hazelnuts. Some other studies found benefit from cashews & pistachios, too. But remember, everything in moderation. Chat w/ur nutrititionist. ...Read more

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Nutritional facts on food show recommend daily allowance for all expect sugars and protein. How many grams the daily safe limit do you recommend.?

Nutritional facts on food show recommend daily allowance for all expect sugars and protein.  How many grams the daily safe limit do you recommend.?

Protein: Take your weight in pounds and divide by 2.2 (that gives you your weight in kilograms. The average adult needs about 0.8 to 1gram of protein per kilogram of weight. As for sugar.... Wheither simple sugar or complex carbohydrates- for a typical diet, about 15- 20% of the calories from protein, 60-65% of the calories from carbohydrates, whole grains and fiber rich products instead of simple sugars. ...Read more

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