Just One High Fat Meal Bad for Arteries
Posted on August 8, 2006A study by the Heart Research Institute in Sydney, Australia, compared people eating two meals of carrot cake and a milkshake one month apart. One meal was high in saturated fat -- using coconut oil -- and the other was high in polyunsaturated fat -- using safflower oil. MSNBC.com reports that the study found that ill effects from eating the meal high in saturated fat were discovered almost immediately.
Effect seen in 3 hoursTo put this study into a real life situation it means that any meal you eat that is high in saturated fats probably creates inflammation and hinders your blood flow that very same day.
The researchers, led by Dr. Stephen Nicholls, a cardiologist now at the Cleveland Clinic, found that three hours after eating the saturated-fat cake and shake, the lining of the arteries was hindered from expanding to increase blood flow. And after six hours, the anti-inflammatory qualities of the good cholesterol were reduced.
But the polyunsaturated meal seemed to improve those anti-inflammatory qualities. Also, fewer inflammatory agents were found in the arteries than before the meal.