Eat The Right Fat And Stay Safe From Stroke, Advise Scientists

Nikki Attkisson | Last Updated : November 13, 2021

The consumption of fat in excess blocks your arteries raises cholesterol levels and increases the likelihood of a host of ailments like stroke and heart diseases. It also makes you obese, diabetic and adds up to your possibility of developing cancer.

Eat The Right Fat And Stay Safe From Stroke, Advise Scientists

But when it comes to stroke, it is not the amount but is the type that matters. Consuming plant-based fats lowers the likelihood of stroke, a recent research points. A team of scientists presented these findings during a session of the American Heart Association 2021.

Eat The Right Fat And Stay Safe From Stroke, Advise Scientists

The study is yet to be peer-reviewed. It shows that plant-based fat reduces the likelihood of stroke up to 12%. And those who ate higher amounts of animal-based fats increased their risk of stroke up to 16% than the people who minimized it.

The study shows that the type of fat and its sources matter more than the amount of fat a person consumes in minimizing the likelihood of stroke.

Your body needs fat. It assists your body to do the following:

  • Absorb vitamins from the foods you have
  • Keeps hormones performing at their best
  • Builds cells
  • Provides you the energy you need
  • Maintains your body temperature

Fats like sunflower oil, vegetable oil, extra-virgin olive oil, etc belong to the category of healthy fats. But it is the unsaturated fat that your body gets from fatty fish, vegetables, and nuts that minimize the likelihood of stroke. It also helps you stay healthy.

According to scientists, people should include the oils given below in their diet:

  • Sunflower oil
  • Safflower oil
  • Liquid vegetable oils
  • Soybean oil
  • Corn oil
  • Olive oil
  • Canola oil

It is highly recommended that people use these oils when preparing meals at home. Trans or saturated fats generally come from processed or red meat. Saturated fats appear solid when seen at room temperature. Fats from processed meats like lamb, bacon, sausage, bologna, hot dogs etc contain saturated fats. Moderating the number of fats comes with the perks like:

  • Reduces overall likelihood by 13%
  • Lowers the likelihood of death from heart ailment by 14%
  • Reduces the risk of diabetes by 24%

Scientists also found that the fats that come from dairy products like cheese, milk and ice cream have no connection with stroke. Scientists, for a long time, debated the role of milk in this regard. A major portion of dietary calcium comes from them.

As per the United States Department of Agriculture‘s 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, one should have three servings of dairy every day. You should prefer low-fat products to their fatty versions.

The team of researchers evaluated 27 years of health information on the healthcare professionals and nurses who were parts of two of the longest studies in US history; the Nurses’ Health Study and the Health Professionals Follow-Up Study.

The study, however, is observational in nature. And it is not sufficient enough to prove a cause-effect relationship. Furthermore, the participants were mostly white. They also used self-reporting for the purpose. Participants had to provide updates on their health every four years. Even then, the findings come in line with previous studies in the field that compared animal vs. plant-centered diets. The essential element of a heart-friendly diet is the one that maintains between the calorie consumed and the calorie the body needs. A healthy meal plan would include lots of fruits and vegetables, fiber, and other plant-based fats. It should regulate the intake of sugar, salt, and processed meat. People should also minimize alcohol consumption. Try to keep these guidelines irrespective of the place of preparation and consumption

Nikki Attkisson

With over 15 years as a practicing journalist, Nikki Attkisson found herself at Powdersville Post now after working at several other publications. She is an award-winning journalist with an entrepreneurial spirit and worked as a journalist covering technology, innovation, environmental issues, politics, health etc. Nikki Attkisson has also worked on product development, content strategy, and editorial management for numerous media companies. She began her career at local news stations and worked as a reporter in national newspapers.

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