What Kind of Fats That Good for You?

In most modern low carbohydrate weight loss diets, no distinction is made between good fats and bad fats. All fats are generally lumped together; the goal is simply to reduce carbohydrates and not worry about fats. But you should worry about fats. Not all fats are created equal, and the impact of fat on blood cholesterol-and the odds of developing heart disease-can’t be ignored. The problem is, fats are confusing for many people trying to make good dietary decisions. For one thing, many of them sound alike. How are saturated fats different from monounsaturated – or even polyunsaturated – fats? How are omega 6 fats different from the omega 3 variety?

  • Monounsaturated fats are good. They’re found in olive oil, nuts, and avocados; are known to lower blood cholesterol; and help prevent artery logging or atherosclerosis. Continue reading

How Insulin Resistance Increases Your Risk of Heart Disease

High glycemic carbohydrates cause an increase in your blood triglycerides and a decrease in your good HDL cholesterol. They also cause an increase in a special type of cholesterol in your bloodstream called small dense LDL cholesterol All of these changes in blood chemistry severely increase your risk of death from heart disease.

Small-Dense LDL Cholesterol

In recent years, small-dense LDL cholesterol has emerged as one of the most potent risk of atherosclerosis, the artery-clogging process.The study of atherosclerosis has become increasingly specific. First, we had cholesterol, then HDL and LDL (good and bad) cholesterol, and now a particularly bad kind of LDL cholesterol whose small, dense particles are ideal for artery blockage. Continue reading