Heart Disease Study Says Steer Clear of Sat. Fat

March 29th, 2010

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A study conducted by Harvard and published just last Monday in PLoS Medicine shows that cutting back on saturated fat does pay off. Researchers noted that even a simple switch from saturated fat to polyunsaturated fat has its benefits. Fact: among eaters who replaced saturated fats with polyunsaturated fats, the rate of heart disease fell by 19%, compared with those who just stayed pat with sat fat.

Meatless Monday is an excellent way to reduce your risk of heart disease! Meat and full fat dairy products contain saturated fat. By cutting meat from your diet one day a week, you reduce your overall saturated fat consumption by a remarkable 15%. What’s more, you leave room on your plate for healthful, polyunsaturated fat alternatives like vegetable oils, nuts and seeds.

Read up on the full study. Get your handy primer on fats from the American Heart Association, plus an explanation from MedlinePlus!