From many years experts use to think that saturated fats are the main culprit behind the risk of heart disease and stroke because they cause clogging of arteries. Many foods laden with saturated fats have been shown extensively on TV, Magazine covers saying that people should stay away from such products.
The recent research study conducted by Dr. Aseem Malhotra, a British Cardiologist have proved that saturated fats do not lead to heart diseases. The study and its findings have been published in the British Journal of sports Medicine.
Basically, there are two types of cholesterol the good cholesterol and bad cholesterol that are linked with these fats. The good cholesterol contains high-density lipoprotein (HDL)and bad cholesterol contains low-density lipoprotein(LDL). The LDL type of cholesterol increases the risk of heart diseases. LDL cholesterol is found in the products like beef, pork, chicken, cheese, butter to name few.
According to the recent study considering the meta-analysis and review of the previous study consumption of these fats is not linked with coronary heart disease, ischemic stroke or type 2 diabetes. The Mediterranean diet which consists of both healthy and saturated fats is associated with many health benefits. Also, in comparison with the low-fat diet, this diet reduces the cardiovascular disease over a year.
He also stated that people can reduce their coronary risk by taking a brisk walk at least for 22 minutes and managing the stress level and eating real food. The study stated that the misconception regarding LDL cholesterol that increases the risk of heart attacks mislead the users.
Dr. Mike Knapton from British Heart Foundation said that study’s opinion is not true because many studies have said that bad cholesterol increases the risk of heart disease and strokes.
The American Heart Association said stroke and heart disease are caused due to increase in fats and cholesterol levels in the body. This, in turn, causes atherosclerosis that forms a blood clot and restricts the blood flow.