For the past 40 years, conventional medicine has taught that cholesterol causes heart disease and that a diet high in saturated fats causes high cholesterol.
Well, guess what? This is completely wrong. Studies have shown that very low cholesterol (less than 160) increases your risk of dying, and high cholesterol (over 240) decreases your risk of dying. Cholesterol plays a minor role in heart disease. Half of all people hospitalized with heart attacks have completely normal cholesterol levels! Cholesterol levels are a poor predictor of heart attacks.
Here are the real reasons for heart attacks — inflammation, blood sugar problems and stress. That’s where the prevention lies. Eliminating refined carbohydrates (bread, pasta, sweets, white rice, for example) will lower chronically-elevated blood sugar levels, which are an important source of inflammation. Exercise is another inflammation-lowering modality, as are meditation and other stress-relieving activities.
What about saturated fats and eggs? Are you ready to rethink everything you know about these?
Dietary fat and cholesterol do not make the bad types of cholesterol! They increase your good cholesterols. In the famous Framingham Heart Study, which has been going on for over 60 years, people who ate the most eggs had no change in their cholesterol levels.
As for saturated fats (the fats in meat, butter, and dairy), they actually benefit your cholesterol profile.
Another study, the Women’s Health Initiative, funded by the National Institutes of Health, examined 49,000 women for 8 years. “The largest study ever to ask whether a low fat diet reduces the risk of getting heart disease has found that the diet has no effect.” (New York Times, 2006)
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