OK, so I have a confession to make: My husband and I devoured a big greasy frozen pizza over the weekend, for lunch.
OK, so I have a confession to make: My husband and I devoured a big greasy frozen pizza over the weekend, for lunch. I am a big believer in the idea that it is OK to indulge every once in a while, but new studies are saying that eating half the pizza on my own (yes I did) may actually be doing more harm than previously thought.
Turns out that full-fat feasts can compromise the ability of our arteries to expand to increased blood flow. The sudden boost in saturated fat hampers the effects of high-density lipoprotein (the "good" cholesterol), or HDL, from doing its job -- to protect the inner lining of the arteries from inflammatory agents that promote the build-up of fatty plaques. While this may be a temporary effect, it's worrisome because the effect may be occurring over and over, each time we splurge on a high-fat meal. Like, say, half a large frozen pizza...
Moral of the story: The American Heart Association says we should aim to keep saturated fat at less than 7 percent of our daily calories.