Dr. Larry Scherwitz explains why high-fat foods are a problem for women.
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Eating a high-fat food has multiple ways that can damage the heart, for example, a high-fat meal can increase the viscosity of the blood or slow down the ability of the blood to go through the little capillaries, so it can call what’s called sludging. So that’s how one fat, high-fat meal can cause chest pain in a woman who has heart disease. It can add to the levels of cholesterol in the blood and that cholesterol, when it gets oxidized, can attack the coronary artery lining. It can add to weight because fat has 9 calories/gram of calories so it can add to the weight and weight control is important to reducing the risk of further heart disease. So, there are many mechanisms, but there are good fats too. Omega-3 and omega-6, they are essential fats and it is important to get a balanced ratio of good fats and reduce the saturated fat, the trans-fatty acids and excessive amounts of monounsaturated fatty acids.