Think you're eating foods that are good for your heart health? Think again.
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. 
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.
Over generations, we have increased our intake of grains -
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
As this study underscores, cutting down on grains and grain-based oils is one big step you can take.
To find out what foods and hearty healthy oils I recommend, check out this video where - together with my colleague, Dr. Mark Drucker, MD - I explain how each of us can take better care of our hearts.
About Dr. David Nelson, Ph D
David Nelson is a nutritional
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