Cholesterol Myths

Do you still believe that saturated fats and high cholesterol are the cause of heart disease?

Here are some interesting facts.

Myth 1. Cholesterol is Bad

Cholesterol is necessary for good health. It is required for hormone production, immune health, nerve and brain function.

The liver produces three quarters of your body’s cholesterol and the brain contains 25% cholesterol.

Without cholesterol you cannot make vitamin D.

Myth 2. Margarine is Better for you Than Butter

Margarine contains trans fats, which promote inflammation and actually contribute to heart disease and other chronic health conditions.

Myth 3. High Cholesterol will Cause Heart Disease

This theory is based on the flawed research of Dr Ancel Keys, 1953 Seven Countries Study which the cholesterol theory of heart disease and dietary guidelines are based on. Unfortunately, the researchers chose to omit data that did not support their theory and only include data that did.

No studies have ever actually proven a link between heart disease and high cholesterol levels.

In fact, the Framington Study showed people with high cholesterol levels had longer life spans

Only 50% of heart attack victims have high cholesterol levels AND 50% of people with high cholesterol don’t have heart disease.

Myth 4. Saturated Fats Are Bad

There are no studies showing a link between saturated fats and heart disease.

Sugars and refined carbohydrates and trans fats produce inflammation which is a high risk factor for heart disease.

When you cut out healthy fats you become hungry and tend to eat more sweet processed nutritionally deficient foods.

Myth 5. Statin Drugs Prolong Life and are Safe

There is no difference in death rates between those who take statins and those that don’t. Statin drugs do lower cholesterol levels but they also block the production of other important substances such as coenzyme Q10, important in heart and muscle health.

There are many serious consequences that may come with taking Statins such as loss of libido, muscle pain, fatigue and diabetes.

Tips for Great Heart Health

  • Take quality omega 3s such as fish oil as they can decrease cholesterol and increase HDL(good) levels

  • Increase fruit and vegetables

  • Decrease refined carbohydrates and sugars

  • Eat health fats – free range fresh eggs, red meat, fish, nuts and seeds, avocado, butter, coconut oil

  • Increase exercise

  • De-stress

  • Stop smoking and reduce alcohol intake.

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