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Created on: 03/25/14 02:40 PM Views: 1474 Replies: 9
cholesterol and heart risks even w/ healthy weight
Posted Tuesday, March 25, 2014 at 2:40 PM

I started watching Forks over Knives yesterday, it is so helpful and interesting.

The doctors mentioned how the SAD and meat contribute to so many heart problems, fatty tissue / liver that pose serious threats over time.

I'm fairly active, as a graduate student, 29 years, and not significant overweight...still, I should watch my cholesterol and fat intake?

Does cholesterol form because of trans-fat? even if it IS vegan, like many snacks foods. Can people who are even thin / normal weight still develop heart risks?
Is it false to believe only obese people should watch their fat and cholesterol intake?

cholesterol and heart risks even w/ healthy weight
Posted Tuesday, March 25, 2014 at 2:56 PM

Yep! Even thin, healthy-looking people on the outside can be very sick on the inside. Keeping cells and arteries clean by not consuming a lot of fat (total, saturated, and trans) is a great start!

Plant-sources of fat can be troublesome, and yes, vegan trans fats and other forms of saturated fats can be devastating to anyone's health. And while it is possible for some extremely dedicated people to burn off unhealthful and excessive calorie intakes to achieve a healthy weight, it's not a plan that contributes to holistic or sustainable health.

Whenever I read a tragic headline about an avid exerciser having a heart attack, I immediately wonder what kind of awful things that person might have been eating. Everyone thinks fitness buffs are the picture of health, but you never know someone until you know what they are eating.

Susan Levin, MS, RD
PCRM Director of Nutrition Education

RE: cholesterol and heart risks
Posted Tuesday, March 25, 2014 at 4:31 PM

One of the healthiest appearing people I knew - vegan, exercised, seemed a perfect specimen of healthy living - almost died of a heart attack several years ago. There are so many factors besides food involved - environment, genetics, personal history (eating, drinking, smoking, weight gain/loss yo-yoing, etc.) that any one thing may be outweighed by other things. You can eat a healthy vegan diet and drink yourself to death.

--DebR

RE: too high fat intake?
Posted Wednesday, March 26, 2014 at 3:59 PM

So if I eat lots of nuts and seeds to get protein because I can't eat legume, I may be causing harm to myself?

cholesterol and heart risks even w/ healthy weight
Posted Wednesday, March 26, 2014 at 4:44 PM

It depends on how you define "a lot." There are some benefits to about one ounce of nuts and seeds added to your daily diet, but more than that can be problematic for the long term.

So you don't like beans? Of any kind? Even hummus?

Susan Levin, MS, RD
PCRM Director of Nutrition Education

cholesterol and heart risks even w/ healthy weight
Posted Wednesday, March 26, 2014 at 4:46 PM

kittens09 wrote:

I'm fairly active, as a graduate student, 29 years, and not significant overweight...still, I should watch my cholesterol and fat intake?

Kittens

I know this is off topic but have we gone back in time or something ? On this thread here http://pcrm.org/kickstartHome/forum/messages.cfm?messageid=8D3CB7CE-F4B4-548D-3FD124E941575F74#8D3CB7CE-F4B4-548D-3FD124E941575F74 you said you were in your mid 30's.

kittens09 wrote:

Thank you all for this. Oh, I meant to say, it's not that I'm afraid of menopause as I am stil in my mid 30's however, I was afraid that taking soy milk, it might bring an early menopause on-set.

Wash your back

RE: food snsitivity to beans & other foods
Posted Wednesday, March 26, 2014 at 7:14 PM

Hi Susan,
I actually love beans, but I developed a sensitivity to them. I developed Leaky Gut and developed sensitivities to many foods. I am hoping to be able to eat them again. I have heard theories of going down to a very small amount, even 1T and eat it every day so that you body adjusts to them. Have you ever heard of doing that? Perhaps by doing that I can start to repopulate my intestines with bacteria that will digest them.

RE:
Posted Wednesday, March 26, 2014 at 8:46 PM

lol! oh dear, how embarassing, everyone will think i am lying about my age!! no, I am indeed 29 but, will turn the big 30 this year. August, to be exact!! I did not mean to say mid 20's, i am not sure what age should be a concern for menopause because it seems that, it can affect everyone so differently. but you are lucky of course, don't need to worky!

cholesterol and heart risks even w/ healthy weight
Posted Thursday, March 27, 2014 at 5:31 AM

You can say what you like, Kittens, but for me this is just solid proof that even after only a few weeks, this diet can add 6 or 7 years to a person's life.

It makes me that much more confident in saying you have nothing to worry about in terms of heart disease. Adopting a wholefood plant-based diet at such a young age will surely put you in the lowest possible risk category.

Keep up the good work, Kittens.

Wash your back

RE: food snsitivity to beans & other foods
Posted Thursday, March 27, 2014 at 11:26 AM

schweitzer53 wrote:

Hi Susan,
I actually love beans, but I developed a sensitivity to them. I developed Leaky Gut and developed sensitivities to many foods. I have heard theories of going down to a very small amount, even 1T and eat it every day so that you body adjusts to them. Have you ever heard of doing that?

Unfortunately, such little is known about "leaky gut syndrome" that to suggest a cause much less a treatment would be speculating. I know some health professionals think the best you can do is find a specialist to work with you on a individualized plan of action. That specialist may want to rule out diseases like Crohn's or celiac first.

Susan Levin, MS, RD
PCRM Director of Nutrition Education


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