Protecting your Heart

By: Seth Hosmer


Healthcare is shifting to a model of preventative medicine, optimizing lifestyle choices to decrease chances of developing disease, rather than waiting for health to deteriorate.  This proactive approach has the potential to solve both health and budgetary strains.  Chiropractic is uniquely positioned to help with preventative medicine, routinely offering assistance on nutrition, exercise, and maintaining the body.

Nutrition has a large contribution to overall health, and one of the super-villians of nutrition is trans fats.  Trans fats have the dubious honor of both raising “bad cholesterol” (LDL) and lowering “good cholesterol (HDL) making them uniquely positioned to greatly increase your likelihood of developing heart disease.  For this reason, there have been efforts made by both food manufacturers, consumer protection groups, some state and local governments to decrease or ban these fats.

The government has mandated labeling on food items to break Total Fat into Saturated and Trans Fat.  Current recommendation is to get 2 grams per day or less of Trans Fat.  The photo above from Wasa Multi-grain Crispbreads sports a re-assuring 0g of Trans Fats.

We suggest that you seek to consume only products that have minimal or zero trans fats, and the new labeling requirements make it relatively easy to achieve this nutritional goal.  This article, from the Mayo Clinic, provides some helpful background information on dietary fat, as well as identifying sources of Trans Fats