Comments on: Paleo Diet After A Heart Attack? What You Need To Know Health Science Communicator Tue, 21 Sep 2021 01:26:14 +0000 hourly 1 By: Darcy Wed, 31 Jan 2018 03:40:00 +0000 I don’t think you did enough research on the paleo diet – it does restrict salt intake and doesn’t promote an over abundance of meat (especially fatty meats). the bottom of the paleo food pyramid is vegetable. As for the legumes and dairy – they are known to cause systemic inflammation. Systemic inflammation leads to metabolic disorders and other diseases. They also aren’t good for gut health, which also is linked to cardiovascular health, amongst other things. Vegetable oils aren’t great for you as they are typically genetically modified and are loaded with trans fats. I think you need to look again without bias and rethink what you view as ‘healthy’. Paleo is ok with grass-fed dairy, by the way.

By: Bob Geary Fri, 31 Mar 2017 14:49:00 +0000 Hi,

Finding this article over a year after it was published (since I hadn’t had a heart attack a year ago ;-)) – don’t know if anybody’s looking at comments or anything…

On the whole, the article was impressively even-handed. People say “Eat a heart-healthy diet” as if that was a known scientifically-proven and -calibrated thing, when it’s clearly not. (Even worse are the people who say, “Just eat a Mediterranean diet – you know, lots of salmon from the North Atlantic and New World grains!”)

However, one sentence did jump out at me: you implied that the Paleo diet includes more saturated *and trans* fat than other options, because it involves so much red meat. Saturated, yup – absolutely. But the only “trans” fats that red meat contains are trans-rumenic and trans-vaccenic acids – neither of which are at all harmful, and generally thought to be heart-protective. The “bad” trans fats that everybody should avoid are those that result from hydrogenation, and red meat (especially when it’s free-range and organic) doesn’t have any of that.

And the article you link to about the dangers of red meat has nothing to do with saturated OR trans fats – it’s about how the carnitine in red meat is converted to TMAO in your gut, and TMAO is correlated with heart disease. What the article DOESN’T mention is the foods that will raise your TMAO levels many times more than beef will: mushrooms and soy raise it just about the same, and oily fish such as mackerel can raise it by 100 times as much.

Otherwise, though, very good article – thank you!