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David Evans

Independent Health Researcher

Monday, 7 March 2011

A high saturated fat diet gives protection from heart disease

This post features a synopsis of a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association 1986;256:2540-2544 and a recipe for ginger citrus roast chicken.

Lp(a) Lipoprotein as a Risk Factor for Myocardial Infarction
George G. Rhoads, MD, MPH; Gosta Dahlen, MD, PhD; Kare Berg, MD, PhD; Newton E. Morton, PhD; Andrew L. Dannenberg, MD, MPH
From the Institute of Medical Genetics, University of Oslo (Dr Berg); the Department of Medicine, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston (Dr Dahlen); the Honolulu Heart Study, Kuakini Medical Center, and the Population Genetics Laboratory, University of Hawaii, Honolulu (Dr Morton); and the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (Dr Rhoads) and the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (Dr Dannenberg), Bethesda, Md.

This study can be accessed at:
Know Your Fats : The Complete Primer for Understanding the Nutrition of Fats, Oils and CholesterolRhoads notes that Lp(a) lipoprotein is structurally related to (bad) low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL) and is associated with heart disease disease.

To test the generalizability of this association, the study measured serum Lp(a) in 303 Hawaiian men of Japanese ancestry who had suffered a heart attack and in 408 others free from heart disease.

Men who had suffered a heart attack had 24% higher Lp(a) levels than those free from heart disease.

High saturated fat diets lower Lp(a) levels. See here and here.

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Recipe of the day

Ginger Citrus Roast Chicken

This recipe serves 4 people.                                                                    Food Mall: Whole Chicken
3 - Organic Whole Chicken 3-3.5# each

•About 5 tbsp coconut oil (or lard, tallow, butter);
•3 lemons or limes (if using limes, use 4);
•2 oranges;
•1 whole chicken (about 4 1/2 pounds);
•3 tbsp grated fresh ginger;
•Salt and pepper to taste.

1.Preheat your oven to 425 F. Grate the zest 1 orange and orange lemon and then cut them in quarter.

2.Wipe the chicken dry and place it in a roasting pan.

3.Mix 1 tbsp of the grated ginger with the citrus zest. Rub the citrus mixture in the chicken cavity with some added salt and pepper if wanted. Add the quartered lemon and orange inside the cavity.

4.Juice the remaining lemons and orange with the remaining 2 tbsp ginger and also add the melted coconut oil. Brush the chicken with the mixture.

5.Put in the oven for 15 minutes.

6.After 15 minutes, baste the chicken and reduce the heat to 375 F.

7.After another 25 minutes, baste again, turn the chicken on his breast and cook for an other 25 minutes.

8.At this point, verify the doneness of the chicken by verifying if the juices run clear when you cut the thickest part of the breast. You can also verify with a meat thermometer (should be 160 F in the breast and at least 170 F in the thigh).

9.When ready, remove from oven and let the chicken rest for 15 minutes.

10.Garnish with extra citrus wedges if wanted on a bed of steamed vegetables or spinach. Use the citrus, coconut oil and ginger cooking juice as a sauce.