Study: A researcher at University of Maryland School of Medicine fed a 900-calorie fast-food breakfast containing 50 grams of fat (mostly from sausages and hash browns) to a group of students and then measured their endothelial function. For six hours, the students had severely compromised endothelial function and decreased nitric oxide production. Another group of students ate a 900-calorie, no-fat breakfast -- and had no significant change in endothelial function.
If a single meal can do that kind of damage, imagine the damage done by three fatty meals a day, seven days a week, 52 weeks a year.
SAY NO TO THEM !
You can prevent, stop or reverse heart disease with a plant-based diet. Here’s what you can’t eat -- and what you can...
What you cannot eat...
- No meat, poultry, fish or eggs. You will get plenty of protein from plant-based sources.
- No dairy products. That means no butter, cheese, cream, ice cream, yogurt or milk -- even skim milk, which, though lower in fat, still contains animal protein.
- No oil of any kind -- not a drop. That includes all oils, even virgin olive oil and canola.
- no nuts or avocados. If you are eating a plant-based diet to prevent heart disease, you can have moderate amounts of nuts and avocados as long as your total cholesterol remains below 150 milligrams per deciliter (mg/dL).
- Do not eat refined grains, which have been stripped of much of their fiber and nutrients. Avoid white rice and "enriched" flour products, which are found in many pastas, breads, bagels and baked goods.
- If you have heart disease and want to stop or reverse it, you should not eat these foods.
- All vegetables.
- Legumes -- beans, peas, lentils.
- Whole grains and products that are made from them, such as bread and pasta -- as long as they do not contain added fats.
- Fruits -- but heart patients should limit consumption to three pieces a day and avoid drinking pure fruit juices. Too much fruit rapidly raises blood sugar, triggering a surge of insulin from the pancreas -- which stimulates the liver to manufacture more cholesterol.
- Certain beverages, including water, seltzer water, oat milk, hazelnut milk, almond milk, no-fat soy milk, coffee and tea. Alcohol is fine in moderation (no more than two servings a day for men and one for women).
For maximum health, take five supplements daily...
Vitamin B-12 -- 1,000 micrograms (mcg).
Calcium -- 1,000 milligrams (mg) (1,200 mg if you’re over 60).
Vitamin D-3 -- l,000 international units (IU).
Flaxseed meal (ground flaxseed) -- one tablespoon for the omega-3 fatty acids it provides. Sprinkle it on cereal.
A groundbreaking program based on a landmark studyCaldwell B. Esselstyn, Jr., MDThe Cleveland Clinic
(Fact Nugget 2: Research shows that people who maintain a so-called "low-fat" diet of 29% of calories from fat have the same rate of heart attacks and strokes as people who don’t.)