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David Evans

Independent Health Researcher

Thursday, 15 April 2010

Low fat/high vegetable diet causes rise in bad LDL cholesterol

This post includes a summary of a study published in Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology 2004 Mar;24(3):498-503 and a recipe for meatballs with crunchy sweet potato chips.

Study title and authors:
Changes in dietary fat intake alter plasma levels of oxidized low-density lipoprotein and lipoprotein(a).
Silaste ML, Rantala M, Alfthan G, Aro A, Witztum JL, Kesäniemi YA, Hörkkö S.
Department of Internal Medicine and Biocenter Oulu, University of Oulu, Finland.
The Great Cholesterol Con
In this study, saturated fat and total fat consumption was lowered. Subjects then suffered from a 19% increase in oxidized (gone bad) LDL cholesterol when fed a low fat/high vegetable diet.

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Meatballs With Crunchy Sweet Potato Chips

250g mince                                                                                                   Food Mall: Ground Beef
Organic Grass Fed Ground Beef ONE (1 lb. Package)1tsp salt
1 /3 cup almond meal
3 cups baby spinach
1tsp dijon mustard (optional)
25g tomato paste
2tbs sage
1 sweet potato, medium
Olive oil

Pre-heat fan-forced oven to 180 degrees Celsius.

Place spinach in a bowl and cover with boiling water, leave for 2 minutes before draining as much liquid as possible from the spinach. Chop well. Place spinach in a bowl along with mince, salt, almond meal, mustard, tomato paste and sage. Combine well.

Roll into 2.5cm size balls and place on an oven proof baking tray lined with baking paper.

Bake in the oven for 10-15 minutes, or until browned and cooked through.

Meanwhile, heat enough oil in a frying pan for deep frying. Peel sweet potato then slice into ribbons using a vegetable peeler. Place a small handful of sweet potato ribbons in frying pan and fry for 2-3 minutes, or until slightly browned. Remove from frying pan and place on a plate lined with paper towel to drain.

Repeat with remaining sweet potato.

To serve, place sweet potato ribbons on a plate and top with meatballs.