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Top 4 Artery-Clogging Foods That Could Save Your Life

Update Date: Sep 10, 2014 02:39 PM EDT
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Recent studies have debunked the myth that saturated fat and dietary cholesterol cause harm in humans. 

Read: Specific Fats Cut Heart Risk

Researchers have made it clear 'artery-clogging' saturated fat doesn't actually clog your arteries and that dietary cholesterol is harmless as well. 

Here we list some 'artery clogging' foods that are actually super healthy. 

Whole eggs

Whole eggs are also referred as "nature's multivitamin." Eggs raise HDL (the "good") cholesterol and also increase the size of the LDL particles, both of which are linked to a reduced risk of heart disease. 

Related: Eggs Are Google's Most Searched For Calorie Counts

2. Unprocessed red meat

Red meat has gotten bad rap and has been blamed unfairly for all sorts of diseases related to heart, diabetes and cancer. However, studies rarely differentiate between processed and unprocessed meat when publishing such conclusions. 

While this is true that processed meat is linked to these diseases, the same doesn't hold true for unprocessed red meat. 

According to a recent Harvard study, processed meat was linked to an increased risk of heart disease and diabetes, but no effect was found for unprocessed red meat. 

3. Dark chocolate

Dark chocolates are delicious and also pack powerful health benefits. Dark chocolates, containing 70 percent or higher cocoa content, are one of the best sources of antioxidants on planet, even better than blueberries. 

4. Coconut oil

Coconut oil is high in fatty acids that can boost metabolism while reducing appetite. It also improves risk factors for heart disease, according to various studies. 

Fatty acids in coconut oil can help reduce symptoms of Alzheimer's as well.

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