Super Size My Arteries

i-d80b2d0fd963bcee35f585112df3fd25-Super_Size_Me_Poster-thumb-245x350-73606.jpg

Yes, thirty days of McDonald's meals causes weight gain, even heart palpitations. But what happens to your arteries?

For the first time, a short term, six week, study (using mice) shows that a similar diet causes arteries to begin clogging, and worse, affects its structural and mechanical properties. This study used a high fat diet comprised of about 36% of calories as fat; a Big Mac has about 49%.

From the study:

The arterial compliance was compared between control and high fat-fed mice for 6 weeks.We show that the compliance of the TDAs was dramatically reduced in high fat-fed mice whereas the compliance of the carotids remained unchanged. An abundance of collagen deposition in the media/adventitia of the carotids and TDAs was observed in high fat-fed mice. These results demonstrate that the structural and mechanical properties of small arteries are rapidly altered even after only 6 weeks of high fat feeding.

Take a look for yourself. Tha'ts food for thought the next time you visit a fast food restaurant!

i-6fd90b7014950b748f751886f1ffbb88-High_Fat_Diet-thumb-960x720-73609.png

More like this

Martin Cothran has, he likes to remind people, written a book on logic, and teaches the subject at the high school level. Alas and alack, this stooge of the Disco. Inst. and Focus on (your own damn) Family cannot seem to apply it correctly in his writings. Today, he illustrates rather starkly the…
I've done it myself.   Ask a teenager a healthy place to eat, she'll respond "Subway or Chipotle."   What about a less healthy place? Response: "McDonald's or Burger King."   But do fast food restaurants that are perceived "healthier" by teens actually translate into fewer calories consumed by them…
Yesterday, the NY Board of Health voted to ban trans fats -- after a phase-out period -- in restaurants in the city: New York City's board of health on Tuesday voted to phase out most artificial transfats from restaurants, forcing doughnut shops and fast-food stands to remove artery-clogging oils…
NBC's "Biggest Loser" has become a phenomenon, with over 10 million regular viewers. There is no doubt that this show delivers dramatic entertainment. Sagas about victory of the human spirit, against all odds, are timeless. With the final four contestants being featured next week, I would like…

yeah but look; it's about mice! Although I must admit our diets do show some overlap I do not appreciate the mouse as a particularly appropriate model for this kind of research.

It is in no way I'm trying to argue fastfood is good for you, but I'm just saying..

By informania (not verified) on 04 Apr 2012 #permalink

the article says nothing about the type of fat fed to the mice. It seems that whatever it was it was likely to be mostly vegetable fat - as the diet only had .2% cholesterol. So shouldn't the study headline have said that a largely vegetable fat diet (possibly or even probably high in trans fats) harms small arteries?

Haven't our scientists yet noticed that not all fats are alike metabolically?

Good point! Digging deeper into the original article, they use Bio-Serv high fat diet for mice that contains:
gm/kg
C18:2 Linoleic 36.6
C18:3 Linolenic 3.6
Total Saturated 141
Total Monounsaturated 162
Total Polyunsaturated 40.2

So a very large proportion of the fat is saturated and monounsaturated.

From the article:

Mice fed a high fat diet for 6 weeks had a significantly higher body weight as compared to the control group (34.8±1.99 and 24.1±0.72 g, respectively)

Since this is being tried to be imposed on humans, let's consider what kind of person the high-fat-diet mice are. It we consider a 24g mouse to be a normal-weight 70kg human, the high-fat-diet mice weigh 101 kg, in other words, seriously overweight.

Unfortunately, this result of this study is not about the effect of a high-fat diet on arteries. It's about the effect of obesity on arteries.

If it had been about the effect of a high-fat diet itself, it would have included a control group that received a high-fat diet with the same calorie-content that the 'low fat' group received. Only then would you be able to say anything about the effect of fat in the diet on the arteries of mice.

Hello,I am Tradomedical Doctor in Benin Rep the only one who heals and solves all failed problems. Stop suffering today! Change your life and archive your goals. No matter whom you are or religion you believe in, this type of treatment may be the only solutions to your problems with your long illness. Try this; you will see a better change! If you have tried many doctors/healers with no progress. if you think you have lost hope, here is an opportunity,our record speak for us, come over to biodynamic trado medical healing home. Email: shakasula@gmail.com