A Big Change In Heart Healthy Diet Recommendations
By: Dr. David Nelson, Ph D
1 May, 2013 by
A Big Change In Heart Healthy Diet Recommendations
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Think you're eating foods that are good for your heart health? Think again.

In February, 2013, a bombshell of a study was published in the British Medical Journal . . .

The study found that while substituting vegetable oils for saturated animal fats may help lower cholesterol, it dramatically increases your risk of heart disease!

The study analyzed a batch of newly recovered data from the Sydney Diet Heart Study that ran from 1966-1973. They looked at a group of 458 men ages 30-59 who had been instructed to substitute safflower oil for saturated fat intake. The study found that the men who made this switch had an increased risk of not only heart disease but of death from all causes. [1]

How could this be?

Some Heart Healthy Oils Are Not So Heart Healthy

As more and more doctors are realizing, saturated fat and cholesterol intake are not the major villains they've been made out to be when it comes to heart disease. No, the major threat to your heart is inflammation. And these grain-sourced oils cause much of this inflammation in your body.

See, grains and grain oils have a particular kind of fatty acid in them known as omega-6 fatty acids. Ordinarily these fats are healthy for you. However, these fats need to be balanced out in your body with an adequate amount of omega-3 fatty acids. If these two fats are not in balance, your body is at risk for developing systemic inflammation.

Over generations, we have increased our intake of grains - breads, pasta and now vegetable oils. This has led to an imbalanced amount of these omega-6 fatty acids and consequently more inflammation. The typical American diet contains 14-25 times more omega-6 fatty acids than omega-3 fatty acids. [2]

The Most Important Defense Against The Disease

While the results of this study means we have to rethink how we eat, it also confirms a basic principle about heart disease. One of the most important insights about this terrible killer of women and men has not changed . . .

Heart disease is preventable and largely lifestyle related.

Over the decades I've used nutrition to help hundreds of people prevent and fight off heart disease. You can do more for your heart than any doctor or drug. Only you can make the critical heart healthy changes in how you live. Diet, exercise and stress reduction all add up to keeping your heart healthy for years to come.

As this study underscores, cutting down on grains and grain-based oils is one big step you can take.

About Dr. David Nelson, Ph D
David Nelson is a nutritional consultant, and has been involved in the field of nutritional studies for over 20 years. Dr. Nelson studied at San Diego University, Iowa State University, and Mankato State University. He currently specializes in the areas of Anti-aging, Sports Performance Nutrition, and Allergy. For the past 15 years, Dr. Nelson has been the Nutritionist at the Center for Advanced Medicine, and co-hosts the radio show ""Health Talk, A Second Opinion,"" with the other doctors from the Center. He is also an esteemed member of the Sun Chlorella Advisory Board, which helps guide the medical innovation behind Sun Chlorella products.

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[1] C. E. Ramsden, D. Zamora, B. Leelarthaepin, S. F. Majchrzak-Hong, K. R. Faurot, C. M. Suchindran, A. Ringel, J. M. Davis, J. R. Hibbeln. Use of dietary linoleic acid for secondary prevention of coronary heart disease and death: evaluation of recovered data from the Sydney Diet Heart Study and updated meta-analysis. BMJ, 2013; 346 (feb04 3) 
[2] Omega-6 Fatty Acids. University of Maryland Medical School website. Viewed 2/10/14 at http://umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/supplement/omega6-fatty-acids 

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