The Standard American Diet has been implicated in the high rate of heart disease in the United States. What most people fail to realize is that it is not the red meats and saturated fats putting us at risk. It is the refined carbohydrates ( i.e. white breads and sweets), trans fats (i.e. margarine, partially hydrogenated vegetable oils, and vegetable shortening), and sugars (i.e. fructose).
To give you an idea of how much excess fructose is consumed in the Standard American Diet, first note that it is not healthy for most people to consume more than 15 grams of fructose a day. Alarmingly, the average adolescent in this country is consuming > 75 grams daily! Trans fats and fructose have been demonstrated to increase LDL levels, your bad cholesterol, and to decrease HDL levels, your good cholesterol. Most of the studies that have implicated saturated fat as the cause of high rates of heart disease in this country have not differentiated between saturated fats and trans fats.
The body needs a certain amount of saturated fat to maintain optimal health and healing. Saturated fats from animal and vegetable sources are a high potency energy source for the body and are necessary to maintain healthy cell membranes. They are also necessary for the creation of hormones and hormone-like substances that the body requires to function normally.
Sadly, many Americans still fall into the trap of following a low-fat diet that restricts saturated fats, but puts little or no restrictions on sugar or trans fats. In fact, many low-fat food items that are on the market are highly refined and loaded with excess sugars and chemicals to replace the loss of taste from the missing fat.
If you suffer from the following conditions, I highly recommend following the Optimal Wellness Plan, as your body is in even greater need of consuming the proper ratio of saturated fats for maximum healing:
Viral, yeast, parasitic and bacterial infections