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David Evans

Independent Health Researcher

Saturday, 5 March 2011

Margarine increases the risk of heart disease

This post contains a synopsis on a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition Vol 53, 655-659 and a recipe for rosemary chicken.

Study title and authors:
Lowering of HDL2-cholesterol and lipoprotein A-I particle levels by increasing the ratio of polyunsaturated to saturated fatty acids
F Fumeron, L Brigant, HJ Parra, JM Bard, JC Fruchart and M Apfelbaum
INSERM U286, Faculte X Bichat, Paris, France.

This study can be accessed at:
Fumeron notes that the protective role of high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL) against heart disease has been attributed to a high densities of the subfractions HDL2 and apolipoprotein A-I (LpA-I).

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The study investigated the effect of a high ratio of polyunsaturated to saturated fatty acids on these subfractions in a group of young adult males. Two diets were consumed at the subjects' homes for 3 weeks each.
The diets were:
(i) 70 g butter (LOW polyunsaturated fat/saturated fat ratio) HIGH saturated fat diet.
(ii) 70 g sunflower margarine (HIGH polyunsaturated fat/saturated fat ratio) High polyunsaturated fat diet.

Significant decreases in the protective subfractions of HDL, HDL2, and LpA- I were observed in the margarine, HIGH polyunsaturated fat diet compared to the HIGH saturated fat diet.

The study reveals that the high polyunsaturated fat diet (margarine) diminishes the two highly protective HDL cholesterol subfractions, HDL2 and LpA-1, which could be detrimental and increase the risk of heart disease.

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Recipe of the day

Rosemary Chicken

3 - Organic Whole Chicken 3-3.5# each
Food Mall: Chicken
• 1 chicken
• 1 bunch of rosemary
• 1 clove of garlic
• 1 whole onion
• 1 t kosher salt
• olive oil

After proper cleansing, rub chicken with olive oil inside and out.

Place rosemary inside chicken cavity with a whole peeled onion.

Crush or squeeze garlic and rub over chicken or place slices under skin of breast.

Sprinkle with salt and place in roasting pan. Cook at 300 F for 3 hours.