A research study conducted by St. Luke’s Mid America Heart Institute and Albert Einstein College of Medicine, asked, “Which is worse for your heart, sugar or fat?”

“For decades, conventional wisdom has blamed saturated fat for coronary heart disease, mainly due to the observations of Ancel Keys, a 1950’s scientist. It sounded right at the time, but it turns out that those experimental subjects also abused refined sugar, and over the last half century the tide has turned — sugar is actually worse for your heart than fat.

In this study from “Progress in Cardiovascular Diseases,” co-author Dr. James DiNicolantonio said, “It seems appropriate to recommend dietary guidelines shift focus away from… saturated fat and toward recommendations to avoid added sugars. Most importantly recommendations should support the eating of whole foods whenever possible and the avoidance of ultra-processed food.”

After fifty years of propaganda, a better and more beneficial model is emerging. Sadly, all fat, even the healthy kind, got branded as detrimental, even though your brain requires fat to function properly.

The researchers discovered that a few weeks on a diet high in refined sugar raised levels of total cholesterol, LDLs and triglycerides, and lowered levels of HDLs, while those who ate saturated fats did increase their LDLs, but it was moderated by a concomitant increase in HDLs, so the net negative effect on the heart was reduced. This led them to believe that ultimately, sugar is worse than fat.

They also found that table sugar and high fructose corn syrup distort leptin metabolism, creating hunger dysfunction, adding body weight and leading to Type 2 diabetes and heart disease.

Another paper from the journal “Circulation” reported that daily consumption of sugary drinks increased unhealthy fat and the risk of circulatory disease and Type 2 diabetes, while yet another from “Heart” declared that as few as two sugary drinks each day produced a 25% increase in the probability of heart failure.

Obviously, either too much sugar or too much unhealthy fat is bad for you — a sensible approach is called for, tailored to each individual’s needs. It’s unrealistic to expect to eat perfectly all the time, but helping to embrace new ideas and develop new habits is both necessary for their ultimate health and wellness.”

Hundreds of thousands of people die each year from heart-related conditions, making small changes today can work towards saving your life or someone you care about.

Ref: Dr Permans, DC Newsletter

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