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Every Bite Counts — for Nutrition and Fat

If a McDonald’s Deluxe Breakfast is your idea of a good start to the day, consider that the 1,080 calories and 20 grams of saturated fat have a more immediate effect on your body than the long-term build-up of artery clogging plaque.

A recent study by The Heart Research Institute in Sydney, Australia, found that eating just one meal high in saturated fat can prevent “good” cholesterol from protecting the body against the build-up of plaque in the arteries, which can lead to high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, stroke, Type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis and high cholesterol.

“If you’re trading out healthy foods like fruits, vegetables and low-fat dairy products for hamburgers and french fries, you’re not getting the vitamins and minerals your body needs to stay strong,” says Brent Wadle, D.O., family practice physician on the medical staff at Presbyterian Hospital of Winnsboro. “This can impact everything from your complexion to the strength of your skeletal structure. For this reason, it’s very important to eat a balanced diet and limit the amount of fat in your foods, period.” (Summer 2008)

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