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David Evans

Independent Health Researcher

Tuesday, 15 March 2011

High saturated fat meals improve blood flow

This post includes a synopsis of a study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology 2000; 36:417-422 and a recipe for bangers and mash.

Study title and authors:
Enhanced peripheral vasodilation in humans after a fatty meal
Olli T. Raitakari, MD, PhD* , Nicole Lai, BMedSci, MNutrDiet, Kaye Griffiths, DMU*, Robyn McCredie, BSc*, David Sullivan, MB, BS, FRCPA, FRACP and David S. Celermajer, MB, BS, PhD, FRACP*
* Department of Cardiology, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney, Australia
Department of Clinical Biochemistry, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney, Australia
Department of Medicine, University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia
Department of Clinical Physiology, Turku University Central Hospital, Turku, Finland

The study sought to examine the effects of a fatty meal on artery diameter and blood flow. Twelve volunteers were studied before, 3 h after, and 6 h after a high-fat meal (1030 kcal, 61 g fat) rich in saturated fat, and 10 were restudied after a similar meal rich in monounsaturated fat.

Raitakari found that artery diameters widened and blood flow improved after both high fat meals.

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Recipe of the day

Bangers and Mash

1 package sausages                                                                                         Food Mall: Sausages
Traditional Irish Breakfast Links2 medium leeks cut into rings and halved
4 tbs olive oil
2 cups nothing added apple cider
2 tbs wholegrain mustard

1. Wash and dry leeks.

2. Heat 2 tbs of oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Brown sausages on all sides and remove from pan.

3. Add in more oil if necessary and brown leeks.

4. Once leeks are soft and a bit caramelized, put sausages back in pan along with the apple cider. Cover and cook for 10 minutes.

5. Add in mustard and toss to coat.

6. Serve

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