Did you know that eating a single fatty meal may temporarily boost your risk of having a heart attack or stroke? In a Danish study, researchers found that 18 healthy men produced about 60 percent more blood-clotting agents after they ate meals with about 55 grams of fat. However, a study from the University of Maryland School of Medicine suggests than 1,000 milligrams of vitamin C and 800 mg of vitamin E before you eat a high-fat meal – like a cheese omelet, burger or steak – may reduce your chances of having a heart attack.
Men who took these powerful antioxidants before they splurged on McDonald’s chow (they ate an Egg McMuffin, a Sausage McMuffin and two hash browns – for a total of 790 calories and 59 grams of fat) maintained normal blood vessel function compared with the men who skipped the supplements. If you’d rather not carry pills, eat foods rich in vitamins C (strawberries, melon) and E (nuts, oils) beforehand. “The lower dosages of the vitamins found in food may still have a protective effect,” says study author Gary D. Plotnick, M.D.