As stated in the report submitted by Dr. Aseem Malhotra, unprocessed fatty foods such as cheese, butter, yoghurt and eggs can actually be good for heart. Reducing or completely cutting down on your fat intake could result in increased chances of developing heart diseases.
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Writing for the British Medical Journal, Dr. Malhotra explains how the saturated fats have been criticized in majority of studies published since 1970.
All these reports correlate the risk of developing core heart diseases with high level intake of cholesterol and saturated fats. Therefore, on the basis of these findings, the NHS recommends that the daily saturated fat intake of an average man should be limited to 30g and not more than 20g for woman. However Dr. Malhotra, who is a specialist at Croydon University Hospital, does not quite agree to this and suggests that our priority should be of cutting down on sugars from our diets and not fats.
According to Dr. Malhotra’s analysis, saturated fats from the unprocessed foods are far more beneficial and certainly not detrimental. His studies also pointed at the fact that fat consumption in the US has consistently gone down over the past thirty years but the obesity rates have continued to rise.
The medical director of the British Heart Foundation, Professor Peter Weissberg, however, states that the studies based on the link between diseases and diets often produce conflicting results and unlike the drug trials, it is very tough and difficult to carry out a properly controlled study.
This has however been proved that the people with high cholesterol levels are at a greater risk of suffering from a heart attack.