There is a growing body of evidence that even an occasional splurge enjoying greasy food can be harmful to your heart. The latest is a small study that finds one meal high in saturated fat reduced the ability of HDI good cholesterol to protect the arteries from clogging and impaired the arteries ability to expand.
"I think it brings home the fact that everything we eat and everything we put in our body has an effect on our heart health. I don't think necessarily we need to feel guilty about it but we need to keep in mind that every hamburger has an effect," says Cardiologist Dr. Cam Patterson.
The artery effects from both meals was seen three to six hours after eating. The research was conducted by a Branch of the Cleveland Clinic. The study is published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.