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More evidence against saturated fat

A small study showed evidence once again that the intake of saturated fats, even in small doses, prevents “good” cholesterol (HDL) from protecting our bodies from clogged arteries.

According to Dr. Charles McCauley, a cardiologist with Marshfield Clinic in Wisconsin, "What we put into our mouth makes a big difference in terms of our health."

In this study, 14people ranging in ages 18-40, ate two meals of carrot cake and a milkshake one month apart. One meal was high in saturated fat -- using coconut oil -- and the other was high in polyunsaturated fat -- using safflower oil.

After just a few hours of eating the cake and shakes, the arteries of the participants showed less anti-inflammatory properties and the lining of the arteries were hindered from expanding to promote blood flow. On the other hand, after a few hours of the polyunsaturated fat rich meal, their blood showed more anti-inflammatory agents.

Saturated fats are found mostly in food from animals, including beef, pork, lard, poultry fat, butter, milk and cheeses, and some plants, including coconut oil, palm oil and cocoa butter.

Polyunsaturated fats are found in oils from plants, including safflower, sesame and sunflower seeds, corn and soybeans, many nuts and seeds.

To read the full article please visit http://www.cnn.com/2006/HEALTH/08/07/

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