Thursday, June 19, 2008

Is low-fat diet better? (Part 4 of 5)

char kuoy teowContinued from Part 3...
(Start from Part 1)

Many of the diabetic or high cholesterol patients, under the order by their medical doctors, are practicing low-fat diet, and their problems have become more and more serious at the end. Why is this happening? For diabetic patients, although they have reduced the consumption of both oil/fat and meat, the ratio of starch or carbohydrate in their diet has increased, thus controlling of their blood sugar level becomes even more difficult. For patients with high cholesterol, despite their meat consumption has reduced, they take in more pastry, kueh, biscuits, and so on, unawarely taking in more trans fat and free radicals. This makes their bad cholesterol level (LDL, or low-density lipoprotein) to increase even more than just by eating boiled meat in water.

Compared to the olden days, the days when our ancestors, or great great grandparents, or great grandparents, or grandparents, or even our parents, lived, we are eating better and more food now. Just do a simple Internet search, or visit some of our friends’ blogs, chances are we can find endless postings on what to eat and where to eat, and even how to eat. As such, our fat intake has also increased considerably when comparing to those olden days. In the olden days, oil, fat and meat were scarce and expensive items. People only ate them during festive season like New Year, for example. But today, we eat meat and oil every day. Because of this, many of the chronic diseases, like heart attack, stroke, diabetes, allergy and obesity, that were hardly heard of in those days, have become our very closed friends today. According to some researches done in the United States, many of these diseases are linked to our diet, especially related to the intake of “oil” in the food. The higher the consumption of fat and oil, the higher the chances of suffering from chronic diseases. This means chronic diseases are equivalent to fat and oil now. Animal oil or fat is ever being regarded as the prime culprit of chronic diseases in the medical industry.

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