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Fats Are Not All Equal

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Want to be heart-healthy? You have more choices than you might think.

Fats Are Not All Equal

Everyone knows to stay away from saturated fats, but studies now indicate a diet high in monounsaturated fats from olive oil, peanut oil, peanuts or peanut butter can give you the same favorable results as a low-fat diet.

All the diets tested had the same effect on low-density lipoproteins, or LDLs, the so-called bad cholesterol that needs to be held in check if your cardiovascular system is to remain in good shape. The study was the first to evaluate and compare LDL susceptibility to oxidation when the test subjects ate an average American diet, a low-fat diet or a higher monounsaturated fat diet.

The study appeared in the Journal of Nutrition.

What About Going Low Carb?

Low carb diets may be dangerous to your health. Misleading claims made by proponents of low-carb diets have led millions of people to mistakenly believe all carbohydrates are unhealthy.

As a result of this misperception, many people are pursuing weight loss by giving up carbohydrates entirely. Many do so in favor of a diet high in artery-clogging saturated fats. The Atkins Diet in particular seeks to reduce weight by severely restricting carbohydrates, which forces the body to burn fat instead of glucose for energy. This leads to a state of ketosis which can damage the kidneys.

The fact is, a majority of more than 500 cardiovascular professionals surveyed say low-carb diets are unhealthy. More than 80 percent of these professionals say that low-carb diets are unhealthy, or that long-term studies on the effects of these diets must be performed.

Know your fats - and know your carbohydrates. In each case, there are good and bad. Knowing the differences can make all the difference in the world to your health!

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