Fatty Facts

From Dr. Fuhrman’s book Disease Proof Your Child:

  • Saturated fat has the most powerful causative relationship with heart disease and cancer.
  • Besides sugar, butter and cheese contribute the most calories to children’s diets in America.
  • The food with the highest saturated fat content in the American diet is butter and cheese.

Cheese consumption has tripled in American in the last thirty years, and cheese is included as part of almost every meal. It’s melted on burgers and chicken breasts, sprinkled on salads melted over bread and pasta. It’s not surprising that cheese gives us more (artery-clogging) saturated fat than any other food.

Heart disease begins in our youth and is not easy to reverse. No one should eat more than five grams of saturated fat a day. Over this level, disease rates climb.

All food derived from animals contain cholesterol and tend to be high in the thick, heavy fats called saturated fats. Most plant foods are very low in saturated fat, except for some tropical plant oils like palm and coconut oil that are naturally saturated.

Reducing the consumption of animal foods reduces the consumption of cholesterol and saturated fat. Low intake of cholesterol and saturated fat leads to a leaner body, clean arteries, and reducing risk of developing heart disease and many other diet-related diseases such as stroke, breast cancer, colon cancer, diabetes, and obesity.

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Damien - July 28, 2006 1:25 PM

I know you say that lean and physically active people can have up to 4 oz of nuts and a whole avacado (or more) a day. Wouldn't this put you over the 5 gram limit of saturated fat that you say increases rates of disease?

Helena - July 28, 2006 3:52 PM

I would also like an answer to Damiens question. When I recently tracked my food intake again I noticed that my saturated fat intake is higher than expected. A single avocado already packs six grams of saturated fat.

Linda - July 29, 2006 9:10 PM

Good question! I purposely keep mine low even though I'm thin and would qualify as one of those who could eat more fat.

Joel Fuhrman, MD - August 9, 2006 9:16 AM

The comment on saturated fat is correct, 5 mg of saturated fat should would be exceeded by a person who is physically active with a higher caloric need. So if someone requires that increased amount of calories and fat where they are appropriately consuming 4 oz of nuts and one avocado, then the amount of saturated fat would be higher than 5 (about 8) and that would be fine, and not disease-promoting.

sagewilson - March 9, 2010 4:42 AM

What health impact will replacing trans fats with palm oil have? The BBC says 1 in 10 processed foods in supermarkets contain palm oil now that trans fats have been banned. Google has been blitzed with pro-palm oil entries; I gave up looking for a warning that palm oil is a saturated fat--according to the first few pages of Google entries, palm oil is a health food product.

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