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From: Dr. Neal Pinckney (
Subject:         Re: Achieving 10% CFF
Date: August 8, 2012 at 3:13 pm PST

In Reply to: Achieving 10% CFF posted by Pete Beer on August 5, 2012 at 10:53 pm:

You're absolutely right about a single high fat meal depositing a heavy layer of fat in the blood stream - leading to plaque in the artery walls.

The best policy is to keep any single meal or snack to 10% calories from fat. That may not be possible if you choose to eat a few nuts as a snack, but if the total quantity is limited, say 1 or 2 tablespoons, the amount of fat would be tolerable.

The general rule I follow - and suggest to others - is not more than one gram of fat per 100 calories. If that veggie burger is 150 calories, avoid it if it has more than 1.5 grams of fat. (There are some excellent veggie burgers out there that meet that requirement)

The 10% rule is for people who are trying to reduce heart disease and those who already have high risk factors. For people without heart disease who are trying to prevent it, research findings suggest keeping under 20% is a safe practice.
(That would allow 2 grams of fat per 100 calories)

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