Criticism of the egg is all the rage these days, specifically in relation to its high content of saturated fat. However, is there a valid claim that diets high in saturated fat are bad for a womans heart health? According to one of the foremost research experts in dietary fats and human health, Mary Enig, Ph.D, the jury is still out. Her reasoning? Saturated fat plays a key role in lowering the body’s level of lipo-proteins, which correlate strongly with a risk for heart disease. Saturated fat also aids in calcium absorption. Have you ever wondered whether skim milk is actually better for you? Well, according to some studies fat may actually aid in calcium absorption, while also crowding out other calories from your daily totals. The overall picture being more calcium absorbed, less carbs ingested (carbs displaced by milk fat) and therefore a lower body mass index. And a lower BMI has been shown to greatly improve your general health for your heart by reducing the organ’s general workload.
Now, if you were to couple a diet slightly higher in saturated fat with some general exercise, then your general heart health may improve twofold. The US government recommends that adult individuals endeavor to undertake thirty minutes of exercise each day, which could be split up into aerobic or anaerobic forms of exercise. Brisk walking, jumping rope, and going for a jog are all examples of aerobic exercise, while lifting weights would be anaerobic. Both types have been show to improve general heart health by lowering cholesterol and blood pressure, so the next time you go for a check up with you general doctor, ask that he or she recommend an exercise plan. Goal setting is also critical to any form of sustained exercise plan. If you want to hold yourself to results, try using websites like stickk.com, which allow you to donate to an "anti-charity". If you don’t meet your goal, then the charity you like the least gets to keep you pay check. Lastly, whenever attempting to diagnose any possible health issues, it’s prudent factor into account your family history. Hereditary factors may play a strong role in your general heart health so be sure to ask your doctor whether you should take extra precautions due to a family history of a certain illness.