A diet high in saturated fat is sure to give you heart problems, right?
Not entirely, says new information arising about saturated fat and your health.
In fact, as early as the 60s, doctors were trying to disprove the theory that saturated fat is the culprit behind problems. Dr Mann from the Vanderbilt University studied the Masai men, a nomadic tribe from Kenya and Tanzania.
Their diet consists of 60% saturated fat! And guess what, they're not dying off like flies because of heart problems! Truth is, their cholesterol levels are recorded to be some of the LOWEST in the world, says Dr Mann's research.
So if you're left with the question “To eat fat or not to eat fat?”, read on…
What is it about your diet that leads to heart disease
For starters, there’s compelling evidence that shows fat
– particularly saturated fat
– isn’t the worst food you can eat
for your heart. It actually plays a vital role in your overall health because your body needs fats to perform some of its most important processes.
But that doesn’t mean you should take on the diet of the nomads just yet.
It’s all about balance!
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Eat a well balanced diet to keep heart problems at bay
The best way to keep your health in check and avoid heart problems is to ensure you’re giving your body the nutrients it needs to function properly.
At least 50% of your meal should consist of vegetables
, 25% protein and 25% starch or whole-grain carbs. You should also eat at least two portions of fruit every day and add dairy as a side or snack!
And don’t forget about the water. Make sure you drink at least eight glasses of water every day.
Bottom line: You can eat anything you want as long as you stick to your daily calorie count. A good motto to live by is: Everything in moderation!
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