There is a lot of confusion and opinions from cardiologists around the world about heart attacks and its relevance to various fats. Let me give you a simple ABC of fats:
- Unsaturated Fats: are the good fats and in a perfect world, the range recommended by most Cardiologists would be to make your total diet between 75% and 93% unsaturated fats. These fats include Olives and Olive Oil, Nuts, Cashews and Walnuts, Avocados, Coconuts and Coconut oil for cooking, Sardines, anchovies and Salmon, to name a few. Unsaturated Fats contain Omega 3 and 6, which are healthy fats. Basically, consume as much raw food as possible. I would think to make this 93% of your diet is going to be quite a challenge.
- Saturated Fats: are continuously being debated by the Medical Profession as being bad but not too bad. Saturated fats include beef, lamb, pork, chicken with skin, cheese, butter Ice Cream, baked goods etc. These saturated fats still can cause deposits in your arteries which can lead to a reduction in blood flow or blockage and sometimes to a heart attack.
- Trans Fats: The worst things to put in your mouth. When you see the words “trans fats” on the product label in the store, put it down and keep walking. Transfats are so tasty to eat because of the chemical additives that make the food taste so great.
The fast food industry is the devil when it comes to trans fats. When you order French fries it is cooked in hydrogenated oil and this oil is so bad for you that eating French fries on a regular basis will increase your risk of heart attack by a whopping 23%. You literally jump to the head of the class for having a heart attack if you are eating more than 7% of your food choices prepared in a fast food or also known as “quick serve restaurant”. It is OK to grab a fried burger and fries, but I am talking about no more than once every couple of weeks or so.
In summary, 75% unsaturated fat, 20% saturated fat and 5% trans fat could change your life forever!