Imagine sipping a milkshake made with full cream milk and ice cream with a dollop of whipped cream on top…..heaven right?

Apart from creating a satisfying feeling, the milkshake with almost 70 to 90 grams of fat and 1000 calories also causes some changes in the body. A study (https://www.nature.com/articles/s41374-018-0038-3) was done on 10 healthy men drinking this milkshake. They were tested after 4 hours only to find that their blood vessels were not relaxing or dilating easily and the red blood cells had changed shape from being smooth to being spiky which could in turn affect the blood flow. The men also showed  temporary elevation in the myeloperoxidase levels, an enzyme linked to stiff blood vessels and heart attacks.

High fat meals can cause acute lipemia and trigger myocardial infarction. The mechanism is poorly understood. This finding may be giving a direction towards unraveling the mystery. Regular high fat meals cause changes in the red blood cells which are closely associated with the inflammatory response in the blood vessels.

The takeaway is that as far as possible avoid high fatty intake. If it is once in a while it may not cause damage beyond repair but if you are regularly consuming such items , then remember that some permanent  blood vessel and blood cell changes are happening without your knowledge.

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