Too much vegetable oil could increase risk of heart disease

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ST. LOUIS, MO. (KTVI)- According to Science World Report, new research suggests that there may be a link between vegetable oil and heart disease - having large amounts of vegetable oil could cause a greater risk of heart disease.

Dr. Nishath Quader, Washington University cardiologist at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, is here this morning to help explain if vegetable oil can increase the risk of heart disease.

Time reports that the study was led by Christopher Ramsden, a medical investigator at the National Institutes of Health and other scholars. They examined the data from the Minnesota Coronary Experiment that was operated from 1968 to 1973. They found out that the study wasn't published, which was the opposite idea that substituting animal fats for vegetable fats did not protect the heart.

The study involved 2,300 women and men. They were allocated to a diet with vegetable oils or have a control diet with butter and animal fats. The outcome showed that those who ate vegetable oil particularly the corn oil had lower their cholesterol for almost 14 percent unlike those who did not. On the other hand, after a year or more, they did not perceive any less rate of heart disease or dying from heart conditions.

According to the American Heart Association, heart disease accounts for one in seven deaths in the U.S. This equates to something in America dying from heart disease about once every 84 seconds.

Tips to prevent heart disease:

  • Maintain a proper diet and exercise
  • Manage your weight
  • Manage your blood pressure
  • Reduce your blood  sugar
  • Avoid excessive alcohol intake (fewer than one drink per day for a woman).
  • Manage stress levels at work and at home