Today’s Headlines: Why You Can Drink Coffee Without Worrying About a Heart Condition, Why Fat on Your Body is Toxic to Your Health, and How Healthy Fats Can Improve Heart Health

The theory that caffeine causes heart palpitations seems to have been disproven. A new study that was released stated that contrary to popular belief, caffeinated teas and coffees are not correlated with irregular heartbeats or any other heart issues. “[Researchers] examined 1,388 people, with an average age of 72, taking part in a larger heart study. About 60 percent said they drank some sort of caffeinated product every day. The team looked specifically at coffee, tea and chocolate and did not ask about super-caffeinated energy drinks. They measured instances of premature ventricular contractions and premature atrial contractions. They could not find any differences in instances of these heart disturbances, no matter how much coffee or tea or chocolate people had.” The researchers stressed that this study was only on specific caffeinated beverage effects on adults: children should not drink any caffeine and caffeinated powders have been proven to be exceedingly dangerous. (NBC)

A study has shown that additional body fat, regardless of how fit a person is, can be dangerous and hazardous to health. In the past a little extra weight wasn’t considered harmful. Now, researchers are retracting those statements. “These results are backed by a prior study published in January 2015 that identified a link between increased levels of fat in the body — regardless of physical fitness — and high levels of inflammation. Inflammation is the root cause of all disease, especially chronic conditions, such as heart disease, diabetes, cancer and Alzheimer’s disease. Another study published in the journal Clinical Cancer Research in 2015 observed a correlation between increased levels of white fat tissue and poorer prognosis in early-stage breast cancer.” The best solution seems to be a whole-foods diet and exercise that will help you lose any unwanted fat — particularly fat concentrated around the stomach area. (Fox)

Eating healthy fats, like olive oil and nuts, may lower the risk of heart disease. A recent study has shown that low consumption of healthy fats may contribute to heart disease. “Eating too little vegetable oils contributes to more heart-related deaths than eating saturated fats. In fact, only 3.6% of global heart deaths can be attributed to eating too much saturated fat, while just over 10% of heart deaths can be traced to eating too little plant oils…[but dietary guidelines] continue to stress limiting saturated fats rather than increasing healthy fats…but history shows that when people lower the amount of saturated fat they eat, they tend to replace it with carbohydrates, which can turn into triglycerides and get stored as fat.” Instead of replacing saturated fats with carbs, researchers suggested increasing consumption of healthy fats like fish, nuts, and vegetables for a healthier heart. (Time)