Do not replace Saturated Fat with Refined Carbohydrates
It’s wrong to say eat less fat; the real message should be eat more fresh fruits and vegetables, said Padma Shri & Dr. B.C. Roy National Awardee, Dr. KK Aggarwal, President, Heart Care Foundation of India.
He was interacting with a group of people at the Heart Care Foundation of India stall in the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare pavilion at the IITF, Pragati Maidan.
It is easier for patients to understand advice given in terms of foods e.g. eat more fresh fruit rather than nutrients e.g. reduce intake of fat to less than 30 percent of your total energy intake.
The message to reduce fat has been translated by food manufacturers and consumers into a potentially harmful set of food choices.
Instead of replacing high-fat foods with naturally low-fat foods such as fruits, vegetables, legumes and whole grain foods, many end up with increasing their consumption of low-fat or fat-free varieties of naturally high-fat foods, such as fat-free snack or junk foods.
The result is an increase in refined carbohydrates which lowers good HDL-cholesterol and raises bad LDL cholesterol.