Even though mankind has been able to live without dietary guidelines for thousands of years, we weren’t exactly living the healthiest of lives. Ever since we’ve started actually caring about what we put in our mouths, we’ve been living longer and healthier, but we’ve added an extra stress factor.
As we’ve developed our medicinal techniques and our understanding about the world around us, we learned so much more about how to live more healthily, but not many actually put all that knowledge to good use. For example, another study from the National Institutes of Health revealed that despite prior acknowledgements, when your heart is concerned oil is still oil.
Animal and vegetable fat
Pretty much everybody in healthcare has been warning people to stay off animal fats and to try more vegetable fats, as those in the latter category are far better for your heart than those in the former. Everybody from the American Heart Association to the World Health Organization has been saying the same thing, up until now.
As it turns out, a new study showed that even though cholesterol is definitely reduced by eating more plant fats than animal fats, it’s exactly the opposite for the the risk of developing heart disease. And that is truly interesting, seeing as cholesterol is a very big cause of heart disease.
Led by Christopher Ramsden from the National Institutes of Health, the study was a meta-analysis of a randomized trial conducted 45 years ago. It looked at 9,423 residents in mental health hospitals. This was a common practice back then, as the subjects were far easier to control and monitor.
Apparently, the new study showed that those patients that had their diets modified to include more plant oils than animal oils showed indeed lower cholesterol, but also an increased risk of death and an overall higher mortality. And the researchers have no idea what that is.
Because the test was primarily focused on Omega-6 type fats, as well as very old, it has proven very difficult for the researchers to come up with a good explanation regarding their test results. So, further studies have to be done on the subject in order to come up with better, more accurate results.
Still, if the study actually turns out to be correct, this would prove a very big hit to the world of healthcare, as it would invalidate decades of theories and medical data. Understandably, the medical community is in an uproar, some not wanting to believe the findings, and other curious whether they are actually accurate or not.
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