The rates of heart disease rose dramatically in the last century, and although people are less likely to die of heart disease in recent years, the incidence of obesity and heart disease is not falling. That’s despite the low-fat healthy eating advice that has dominated since at least the 1980s.

In the last century, the use of processed food including refined sugar, refined flour, processed oils, and additives escalated. Indeed, healthy eating guidelines often say that some of these ‘treats’ can be eaten as part of a healthy diet.

However, we are discouraged from eating red meat and saturated fat, which our ancestors ate for millions of years, and instead told to eat processed margarines, oils, and soy products for instance.

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  • Just do the real food thing and think fresh fruit and vegetables, avoid cans where added sugar and salt often IS added. If you consume any animal flesh, make it lean and cook from fresh no processed stuff that often added sugar and salt IS included.

    Cook everything from fresh. You then have a greater control over what you include in your meals.

    There are many ways to help avoid heart disease, diet is just one of them, but of course any excesses in alcohol, cigarettes, cakes, sweets sedentary lifestyle being overweight etc etc won't be helpful

    If you are interested in healthy eating for a healthy heart check out this web page:


    New Zealand Heart Foundation has a great site and good tips too.


    Hope this helps.

  • I can't agree with the emphasis on low-fat dieting. Eating lean protein is the fastest way to deplete your liver of vitamin A. The evidence does not support that low-fat is beneficial for heart health.

    High-glycaemic foods such as jacket potatoes, wholemeal bread, Shredded Wheat and Weetabix are peddled as healthy, yet initiate triglyceride formation and consequent metabolic disorders in the body.

    Even low gI, refined carbs contribute to health risks; fructose glycosylates haemoglobin 7x more than glucose. However, in nature these things are kept in check; eat the fibre with the carbohydrate, and the fat with the protein.

  • Just do whatever you feel is right and healthy for you. I always do :)

  • You can't agree with the emphasis on low-fat dieting because you've done your research. Ancel Keyes... well, let's hope he didn't sleep well and leave it at that. Meanwhile, fifty years later we have charities offering incorrect info because they follow govt advice and govts of the developed world still do whatever the sugar conglomerates tell them to do. In fact, it's been so long they don't even realise that's what they are doing because this generation and the last has grown up following the same low-fat mantra. All the sugar conglomerates have to do now is suppress the odd WHO report into sugar consumption (as they did in 2003) and just generally keep quiet. All the individual can do is convince others to do their own research. Keep at it!

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