When it comes to heart disease a number of areas seem to create disagreement of different degrees but none is splitting the community at the moment like the question of Saturate Fat. Some are saying that Saturated fat can actually be heart friendly whilst others are adamant that it should be limited. There was an interesting, albeit one sided program, on BBC radio recently which argued that despite headlines recently saying Sat’ Fat is good we should still limit it.
There is also the improvements in heart health in Finland who in the 70’s had probably the worse record for heart disease in the world. To get HD by the age of 50 was the norm’ out there, but a regional followed by a national program centred around amongst other things, lowering Sat’ Fat, has spawned remarkable improvements.
There are others who feel that the data that is meant to support Sat’ Fat as a major cause of HD is flawed and flimsy at best.
Zoe Harcombe makes a convincing case for why saturated fat is not the enemy wheras processed food and simple carb’s are at
Doctors like Dr Dean Ornish are sticking to their theory that reductions in Saturated fat is needed in order to reverse heart disease and here lies the problem. Population studies are difficult to sort the wheat from the chaff (unfortunate idiom given what we know about wheat !!). We don not know whether the Finish turn around is mainly due to their complete lack of vegetable consumption prior to the social intervention or maybe the fat reduction. There are certainly heart healthy populations that have high fat diets.
My personal slant is to keep saturated fat in check, not because I have both feet in that camp. I simply do not know for sure, something that the radio interviewee admits doctors and researchers should get better at admitting. So what can most if not all experts agree on. Here is my starter for 10 upon which perhaps some of you might like to suggest additions. Remember it has to be a component that most if not all ‘experts’ would agree.
1. Get more sun
2. Get regular daily but moderate exercise
3. Stop smoking
4. Reduce body fat, especially stomach fat, get your weight down to an ideal weight for your height
5. Incorporate fish oil (supps or diet). this one is tentative as Dr Ornish may disagree
6 Eat more veggies
7 Minimize sugar intake