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From: Dr. Neal Pinckney (pinckney.vegsource.com)
Subject:         Re: Counting fat grams
Date: September 14, 2009 at 9:56 pm PST

In Reply to: Counting fat grams posted by Javilo on September 14, 2009 at 5:19 pm:

No, it isn't the same.

By counting grams of fat in a day, it's possible to consume something that is very high fat and then eat high calorie foods with little or no fat the rest of the day.

The problem is that a single high fat snack can alter blood chemistry for a while, long enough to provoke a cardiac event.

For people with no heart disease, no blockages, no family history and no risk factors, it may not be a problem - but for those of us who share a history of heart disease, it's a risk I'm not willing to take. Nor should anyone else.

Limiting the percentage of calories from fat in all one's meals prevents large swings in blood fat and potential arterial damage.

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