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Fats That Fight Cholesterol

Fat Can be a Friend or Foe

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  • DOCTORNO1
    The only true statement I was able to find in your article was the one about trans fat being bad for you. The story about saturated fat is pure fiction and is among the main causes of Americans being the sickest poeple in the western industrialized world. I personally eat only butter from grass fed animals, virgin organic coconut oil, extra virgin olive oil, homemade or local lard, and some grapeseed oil. Medications are dangerous chemicals, curing nothing, that's why I don't take any! We also have no healthcare, just sick care, the most expensive in the world. There is no prevention, just "early detection" and treatment. - 10/16/2012 7:32:55 AM
  • When I look at the foods that contain trans fats -- cookies, cakes, doughnuts, fried foods, crackers -- I shudder to think that was about half my diet up until about a year ago. - 9/26/2012 10:16:46 AM
  • Finally an article that gets me a little closer to understanding the whole good fat bad fat. Thanks. - 7/17/2012 8:48:37 AM
  • MARTY32M
    SALEM091 writes that the advice to avoid coconut oil is outdated. Although I have seen a lot of industry-sponsored claims for coconut oil, I have not been able to find any good research studies on its health effects. An observational study in 1997 by P.D. Kumar on a population in Kerala suggested that coconut oil was not harmful but it was too small to be definitive. A small controlled study in Australia in 2006 showed that coconut oil, compared with safflower oil, had seemingly undesirable effects on HDL activity, but recent studies suggest that changing HDL with diet or drugs has no effect on health. All we know for sure is that coconut oil is high in saturated fat, but we don't yet know all about saturated fat. - 7/12/2012 9:26:49 AM
  • SALEM091
    in this article it says that you should avoid coconut oil. This is not true anymore. This is an outdated article. Coconut oil extra virgin is far better than olive oil. You should take 1 tablespoon every day and start cooking with it to see the benefits of reducing cholesterol.
    You would think that sparks should be well informed about this and tell their readers
    the value and benefits of of pure coconut oil. iT HAS MANY MANY BENEFITS. - 2/10/2012 1:40:51 PM
  • SALEM091
    in this article it says that you should avoid coconut oil. This is not true anymore. This is an outdated article. Coconut oil extra virgin is far better than olive oil. You should take 1 tablespoon every day and start cooking with it to see the benefits of reducing cholesterol.
    You would think that sparks should be well informed about this and tell their readers
    the value and benefits of of pure coconut oil. iT HAS MANY MANY BENEFITS. - 2/10/2012 1:40:34 PM
  • This article should be removed from SP database. It is outdated information.

    I am starting to get the impression SP is being co-opted by Big Food and Big Pharma. If it weren't for the fitness trackers, I would quit this site.

    Does anyone know if SP actually reads comments and listens it its audience? - 2/10/2012 10:01:08 AM
  • The numbers to really watch are the triglycerides - they are a more accurate predictor of heart disease risk than the rest. The way to lower triglycerides is to lower fat storage, and that means lowering the insulin levels in your body. Lowering your insulin levels also lowers your blood pressure. Coincidence? Nope. Ditch the sugar and most refined starch and focus on veggies instead. Stop worrying about fat in your diet and focus on those empty calories instead. As the article stated, 80% of serum cholesterol is self-manufactured. I mean, what would they say about a fat that is 50% monounsaturated (Good fat), 11% polyunsaturated (Medium good fat), and 39% saturated (Bad fat). Those are actually better proportions than sunflower, soybean or corn oil. I just described pork lard. LOL! - 2/10/2012 8:28:26 AM
  • TINASDUNWELL
    Up to date information on the benefits of coconut oil in your diet.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dr-mercola
    /coconut-oil-benefits_b_821453.html

    - 1/28/2012 3:53:13 PM
  • OK What I have researched and from personal experience is that omega 3s help reduce cholesterol levels. A dr recommended that one take them in pill form, and that helped reduce CHO levels.
    Second thing is that trans and saturated fats according to the latest studies do both contribute to higher CHO levels.
    Third, that one with high cholesterol generally will not lower their levels sufficiently with a 300 per day intake. Im trying to keep mine at less than 100 mgs per day for example.
    Fourth, You can track you CHO, saturated, mono, and polyunstaturated fat intake on the food tracker. It has been an eye opener for me. - 1/28/2012 8:59:30 AM
  • ETHNOQUEST
    Looked up info on calories for fat/carbs/protein:
    1g fat = 9 calories
    1g carbs = 4 calories
    1g protein = 4 calories

    IF aiming for less than 30% of calories coming from fat, THEN less than 15% of grams should be coming from fat.

    Since Spark's daily reports show % grams not % calories, 15% should be the target.

    NOTE TO SPARK: It is probably unhelpful for most people that an article recommends a % which Spark neither reports nor explains how to acquire. If the goal is to make being healthy easy, the information needs to be clear and the data, attainable. - 4/30/2011 9:29:09 PM
  • ETHNOQUEST
    It's great that the article recommends that no more than 30% of calories come from fat.

    The daily tracker indicated what % of GRAMS comes from fat/cars/protein. However, it doesn't tell you what % of CALORIES comes from them. I am assuming that 1g of fat does not contain the same calories of 1g of carbs or protein.

    If I am wrong and 1g does equal the same # of calories for all three, please let me know.

    If I am correct, how does one discern that 30% of calories are coming from fat? - 4/30/2011 9:03:21 PM
  • ETHNOQUEST
    It's great that the article recommends that no more than 30% of calories come from fat.

    The daily tracker indicated what % of GRAMS comes from fat/cars/protein. However, it doesn't tell you what % of CALORIES comes from them. I am assuming that 1g of fat does not contain the same calories of 1g of carbs or protein.

    If I am wrong and 1g does equal the same # of calories for all three, please let me know.

    If I am correct, how does one discern that 30% of calories are coming from fat? - 4/30/2011 9:02:39 PM
  • Interesting comment, Sassafras88. I know that my old man had AT LEAST 3 heart attacks (including one MASSIVE one he probably only survived because he was IN HOSPITAL) and all he ate was that "heart healthy" (NOT) $HIT BECEL. I REFUSE to eat margarine (its ONLY a STEP away FROM PLASTIC). I also have a sister in law who is an RN and she says the same thing butter is healthier for you (all things in moderation). - 4/4/2011 8:46:02 PM
  • GRONAREGRAS
    Saturated fat is not unhealthy. Trans fats may be but to say that all saturated fats are is just plain ignorance. - 2/19/2011 6:27:11 PM

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