I'm continually amazed that vegans who carefully read labels on food products for animal stuff so often seem to be ignorant of recognizing the sodium and fat content in what they eat. Vegan recipe blog posts gleefully writing "drizzle olive oil liberally" and "I can't get enough olive oil" and "oil is good for you" and "add 1 cup Earth Balance" drive me nuts from recognizing that it is these misconceptions, myths, and dellusions that actually promote and encourage heart disease.
Remember, the only guys to reverse (and in theory, prevent) heart disease (Ornish, Esselstyn) recommend 14 to 20 grams of fat MAX per day. This is from 20+ years of peer-reviewed research.
In pondering the issue, I decided to put together an ad hoc list of 10 statistics that every vegan who wants to be a healthy vegan (and prevent heart disease) should consider memorizing as a guide for how they shop, cook, and as a reason to do so:
2) 12 to 14 g: amount of fat grams in 1 TBL of oil
3) 100 to 120 calories: amount of calories in 1 TBL of oil
4) 16 TBL: number of TBL in 1 cup of oil, Earth Balance, Soy Margarine, etc., (240 g of fat)
5) 24 g: fat grams in one serving (2 TBL) of most oil-based dressings
6) 10 percent: recommended daily percentage of calories from fat (Ornish, Esselstyn)
7) < 2000 mg: recommended sodium per day (Esselstyn)
8) 2400 mg: amount of sodium in 1 tsp of salt
9) 445,687: number of deaths (US) from coronary heart disease in 2005... the single leading cause of death in America today (source)
10) 17,000,000: number of people killed by heart disease and stroke a year, which is almost one-third of all deaths globally (source)
Note: yes, going vegan lessens your chances of getting heart disease, but it DOES NOT necessarily prevent it, especially if you are using added oils (which aren't foods anyway and fuel artery-clogging plaque formation, just as bad as saturated meat). Exercise, although useful, is not the determinent variable here (Esselstyn). It's the added non-food: oil.
Know the truth, learn the stats, and understand what products you are adding to your healthy food that will make it unhealthy, and stop it. Your circulatory system will thank you... and, in very high probability, take care of you longer than if you didn't.