Fats and Heart Disease

Just because fats don’t have a direct affect on heart disease, it doesn’t mean they shouldn’t be worried about. Saturated fats and trans fats increase LDL cholesterol in the blood (1) creating a greater situation of LDL oxidation, which contributes to inflammation that is the cause of heart disease. A diet with a high ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 oils creates a proinflammatory state (2), which also enhances risk. 
Through knowledge of fats and how they affect the body in different ratios, it is possible change course of health. Additional omega-3 fatty acids and lesser amounts of saturated fats, trans fats, and omega-6 fatty acids could largely benefit through reduction of LDL cholesterol in the blood, reduction of triglycerides and less inflammation.
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Published by David Despain, MS, CFS

David is a science and health writer living on Long Island, New York. He's written for a variety of publications including Scientific American, Outside Online, the American Society for Nutrition's (ASN) Nutrition Notes Daily, and Institute of Food Technologists' (IFT) Food Technology magazine and Live! blog. He's also covered new findings reported at scientific meetings including Experimental Biology, AAAS, AOCS, CASW, Sigma Xi, IFT, and others on his personal blog "Evolving Health." David is also an active member of organizations including the National Association of Science Writers (NASW), the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the American Society for Nutrition, the Institute of Food Technologists, and the National Audubon Society. David has a master's degree in human nutrition from the University of Bridgeport, and a bachelor's degree in English from University of Illinois at Springfield. He also earned his Certified Food Scientist credential from the Institute of Food Technologists.

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