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An abridged version of a paper presented at the 2002 Conference Proceedings of The Australian Nut Industry Council and The Australian Macadamia Society

Technical Program
Is It All a Big Fat Lie?
Dr Ross Walker M.B. B.S.(Hons) F.R.A.C.P.
Cardiologist
Walker Health Resources
 
You do not need a bypass or tablets to reverse heart disease, you can do it through a healthy diet and lifestyle.
 
Coming through our blood vessels are three macro-nutrients: fat, sugar and protein. These are the things that drive our cells. These nutrients have to get from the blood vessel into the cell. The cell is made of three major components:
 
  • the outer covering, the membrane. The membrane is 75% fat. It must have fat to function properly. Low fat cannot work! If you deplete the body of fat, you deplete the membrane of fat and you cannot incorporate food into your cells properly.
  • the cytoplasm - the factory floor where it all happens
  • and then we have the nucleu - the control room that tells the cell what to do.
 
That is how the cell works. But there is a problem. And the problem is not saturated fat, or eggs, or dairy, or meat or any of the food that we have been told we should be avoiding. The problem is synthetic fat.
 
The cell membrane can't tell the difference between natural fat and synthetic fat -otherwise known as trans-fatty acid. All you need is 2 or 3% of your daily energy intake in trans-fatty acids and you are damaging your cell membranes.
 
It has nothing to do with saturated fat or cholesterol. Cholesterol is not a problem If your arteries look good, because cholesterol obviously isn't causing you a problem but if you have atherosclerosis then your cholesterol is probably causing you a problem.
 
This is where people get it wrong; they think heart disease is a progressive blockage of an artery. It is not It is a swelling of the wall. In a heart attack the fatty plaque ruptures into the channel and forms a huge clot - from no blockage in the arteries to a severe blockage.
 
Insulin resistance is a problem for some people - It is a condition where the sugar doesn't penetrate the cells properly, so your insulin levels rise to try and drive the sugars into the cell.  The synthetic fats are stopping sugar getting into our cells, and therefore pushing up the insulin level and we feel tired because the cells aren't getting nourished properly.
 
Food is therapy. Five simple principles decrease our synthetics from trans fatty acids, processed carbohydrates and additives. We must increase the good fats from essential fatty acids and omega 3 and the mono-unsaturated fats. We must get these things into our system if we want our cells and membranes to be healthy. If your membranes aren’t healthy your cell is being malnourished. Synthetic fat hardens and thickens the membranes of cells so that protein, fat and sugar can't get into the cell. It then spills out of the cell setting up the fatty plaques. We must take the antidote to trans-fatty acids, which are essential fatty acids and the mono-unsaturated fats. These are the antidotes.
 
We have to have a diet that is high in good fats. Your body has a decision that it makes everyday. You have two major fuels, carbohydrates and fat. You can either burn carbohydrates or you can burn fat. If you have a diet that is high in carbohydrates the body then burns carbohydrates and any excessive carbohydrate gets laid down as fat, so you don’t burn any fat at all. So a low fat, high carbohydrate diet is not going to lose any weight for anybody. All you are doing is burning carbohydrates and storing fat. If you would like to burn fat you have to lower the carbohydrate content in your diet
 
We have to reduce the amounts of trans-fatty acids that we eat. Where do we get trans-fatty acids from? Anything that is processed or packaged and sits in your pantry. Anything with vegetable oils on the outside, anything from a bakery, anything from a takeaway food outlet.
 
We can't get rid of fat! We have to have a good source of fat like fish. Fish is hugely fatty, but if you have two or three fish meals a week you reduce your chance of a heart attack by 30%. Avocados are wonderful things. Avocados are loaded in mono-unsaturated fats which are wonderful for you. They are loaded in vitamins and loaded in folic acid. There are terrific things you can do with good fats. Forget about fats being bad for you! It's not bad for you. Only specific fats are bad for you and they are called synthetic fats.
 
 Macadamia nuts are wonderful things. Macadamias are the strongest source of mono-unsaturated fatty acids, about 80% of a macadamias energy comes from mono-unsaturated fat, a huge source and more than any other nut. And they don’t contain just oleic acid, which is what you get in olive oil, they contain palmitoleic acid, which is about a third of it's fat content. Palmitoleic acid has even better properties than oleic acid by itself. Macadamias also have plant sterols, which drop your cholesterol, not to mention mono-unsaturated fats, which also drop your cholesterol, increase your good cholesterol and keep your triglycerides low. Macadamias nuts also contain a fair amount of fibre. Macadamias have a lot of proteins - amino acids.
 
One of the major amino acids is L-arginine. The biggest organ in the body is the endophellium, which acts as a barrier to stop blood leaking out. It also contains nitric oxide the biggest vaser dilator in the body; it opens up your blood vessels. When you are put in a situation of terror, when you have to defend yourself or run, your blood vessels open up. They open up because you get an immediate release of nitric oxide. The pre-cursor to nitric oxide is Larginine. Humans need a huge source of L-arginine everyday. You can get L-arginine from macadamias, walnuts and almonds.
 
Macadamia nuts have antioxidants. Antioxidants are vital for the prevention of cancer, they are also vital for the prevention of heart disease. Antioxidants neutralise free radicals. Macadamias are also full of vitamins and minerals.
 
Nuts are nature’s health food. Everyone should be having 10-15 nuts per day.
 
What can macadamias do for you? They decrease your cholesterol, put up  your good cholesterol - but they go beyond that. They are also anti-inflammatory. This assists with arthritis and inflammation, and also heart disease.
 
With heart disease, when you have poisons sitting there and your cell membranes being destroyed the white cells come in and erode those already unstable fatty plaques and it is this inflammation that can often rip open the plaque and cause a problem. The big question in cardiology is why do people have a heart attack now? Why three weeks ago or why in six weeks time? Stress has a lot to do with the precipitation of the heart attack, but so do infections and if you have a whole lot of anti-inflammatory doses from things like macadamias you can reduce the risks.
 
The palmitoleic acid in macadamias works to stabilise the rhythm in the heart. Omega-3 fatty acids and the palmitoleic acid in macadamias, settles the heart down. So if you are prone to heart disease and prone to irregular heart beats the simple habit of enjoying a few macadamias everyday and some fish two or three times a week can markedly reduce your risks of sudden cardiac death.
 
Summary
People who have 10-15 natural nuts per day (not roasted or salted) have a 50% reduction in heart disease which has been proven from five different major studies. Just by the simple habit of swallowing some natural nuts everyday. Why is this? It is because of the mono-unsaturated fats, the omega-3, the improvement in the stability of the heart and the proteins that contain L-arginine that open up your blood vessels. The mono-unsaturated fats in macadamias are also 'fat burners' - they don't make you put on weight - unless you over indulge. They also thin your blood, which reduces your thrombosis risk, they improve your fibre and therefore your bowel health and finally they taste fantastic!
 

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