Physicians Address Food Myths

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Physicians Address Food Myths

March 7, 2017

A review published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology analyzed the evidence behind recent food trends and myths. Despite egg industry efforts to make dietary cholesterol look safe, it is a clear-cut contributor to higher cholesterol levels, and coconut oil is as bad as animal fat in its effect on cholesterol levels. Research also shows that consumption of animal protein and saturated fats (found in meat, eggs, and some oils) increases heart disease risk. Diets focused on green leafy vegetables and plant-based and antioxidant-rich foods, including berries, eggplants, and red cabbage, promote healthful weight and blood pressure levels, reduce inflammation, and lower type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease risk factors.

Freeman AM, Morris PB, Barnard N, et al. Trending cardiovascular nutrition controversies. J Am Coll Cardiol. 2017;69:1172-1187.

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