Dr Oz, Triglyceride Levels – Blood Fat Heart Attack Risk, Foods To Eat

Dr. Oz Talks About The Hidden Fat, Triglycerides And Why They Raise Your Risk For Suffering A Heart Attack

Today Dr. Oz spoke about a kind of fat that all too often flies under the radar but could be doubling your chances of suffering a stroke and dramatically increases your risk of having a potentially fatal heart attack!  The fat that Dr. Oz was referring to are called triglycerides.

High Triglyceride Levels

Dr. Oz said that 1 out of 3 people in this country have high triglyceride levels high enough to put them into the “danger zone” category.  High levels of this fat causes cravings (to eat more of the unhealthy type of foods which worsens the problem), increases inflammation in the body and causes weight gain.  It’s an unhealthy cycle that can lead to deadly consequences.  Dr. Oz said “It tricks your body into eating more food”

What Are Triglycerides?

Triglycerides are a type of fat that is found in your blood.  Dr. Oz explained that after you eat something any extra calories that aren’t used by your body are transformed into triglycerides.  Dr. Oz said that normal cholesterol levels won’t give you an indication of your triglyceride levels either.  High levels of this kind of fat can cause :

  • Hardening of the arteries
  • Thickening of artery walls
  • Increased risk of heart attacks and/or strokes

Foods To Lower Your  Triglyceride Levels

Fortunately there are foods that you can eat that will lower your levels naturally.  Here are the foods that Dr. Oz listed on today’s (11-21-2013) episode :

  • Salmon – The omega 3’s that are found in salmon (and other fatty fish) lowers your triglycerides.  Salmon and other fatty fish are also a healthy food choice that reduces your appetite.  Dr. Oz recommended eating fresh wild salmon or canned salmon.  He said that you should avoid farm raised salmon.
  • Olive oil – Olive oil is an excellent source of monounsaturated fat.  This type of fat lowers your triglyceride levels in your blood.
  • Fresh fruit – There have been studies performed that suggest that fresh fruits like apples and melons help to lower your triglyceride levels.
  • Beans – Beans are high in fiber.  The fiber in beans reduces your hunger because the fiber is absorbed slowly.  In a recent episode Dr. Oz suggested eating black soybeans to help you lose weight because they have lower carbs than other beans and are still high in fiber and protein.
  • Grapes – Dr. Oz said that grapes contain a compound that reduces your triglycerides.  In fact he said that research indicates that grapes work almost as well at reducing your levels almost as well as what prescription drugs will do (without the side effects!)
  • Spinach – This vegetable contains alpha lipoic acid and can drastically reduce your triglyceride levels (by as much as 60 percent!!)  Spinach is also wonderful at helping you lose weight because spinach is rich in fiber and low in calories.

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