The idea of cholesterol creating cardiac problems has caused obsessive
cholesterol count blood testing for decades. Another outcome of this scare was
obsessively avoiding fat, especially saturated fats.
The food industry
responded with low and no fat foods from milk to cottage cheese and more.
Processed foods promoted their low or no fat contents as though they were the
healthiest foods in the freezer.
Healthy fats such as coconut oil and
palm oil were spurned and replaced by very unhealthy trans-fat, processed and
heated cooking oils. Relatively healthy whole butters were replaced by plastic
However, this myth of cholesterol dangers lurking in
saturated fats waiting to clog your arteries and cause you to die of cardiac
arrest is beginning to unravel.
Unraveling the myth of cholesterol
A meta-analysis of properly performed
previous studies on heart health and saturated fats concluded there was no
association between cardiac issues and saturated fats. This was published in the
American Journal of Clinical Nutrition (AJCN) on January 13th, 2010.
Meta-analysis is a statistical method of proving or disproving varied
epidemiological studies within a set topic. The AJCN meta-analysis covered
studies involving 350,000 subjects who were followed for 5 to 23
The trend set by the saturated fat high cholesterol disinformation
a few decades ago has resulted in many Americans eating less fat and showing
lower blood cholesterol levels. Yet, heart disease rates have continued to rise
along with diabetes, pre-diabetes and obesity. (1)
Dr. William Davis
explains in his article "A Headline You Will Never See: 60 Year Old Man Dies of
Cholesterol" that cholesterol doesn't kill "any more than a bad paint job on
your car could cause a fatal car accident." (1)
He explains the cause of
most heart attacks and coronary problems is atherosclerotic plaque in the
coronary arteries, which can build up and rupture or clog the arteries. He goes
on to describe other factors that can cause plaque ruptures, including
Though there can be some cholesterol in the
plaque, cholesterol itself is waxy and pliable. Cholesterol is important for
brain cells, nerves and other cellular structural components. Calcium deposits
(calcification) in artery interiors are much worse components of plaque. It
belongs in your bones and not in your arteries. Vitamin K2 helps transport
calcium out of your blood and into your bones.
Dr. Davis recommends
avoiding cholesterol panels for heart health concerns and opting for a measure
of coronary atherosclerotic plaque.
The scam continues despite overwhelming contradictory evidence
more and more published journals and doctors proving coronary heart disease
(CHD) is not caused by high saturated fat diets and cholesterol, the myth
persists. Many peoplewith low cholesterol have died of CHD while in their 40s,
while many with high cholesterol never have CHD issues.
of heart attack cadavers have also revealed the disinformation of cholesterol
dangers. Yet the common advice from cardiologists upon seeing high cholesterol
is to get an angiogram,adiagnostic testwhichis expensive and not so safe. Then
there are those pricey drugs meantto lower cholesterol while wreaking havoc on
overall health. (2)
Cholesterol is vital for many functions. For example,
it helps convert sunlight into vitamin D3. If you're not getting enough with
your food, the liver is forced to manufacture it. Low cholesterol has been
linked to higher stroke risks.
Oxidized cholesterol from hydrogenated and
refined polyunsaturated cooking oils and margarine can lead to complications
that result in CHD. This comes not only directly from the oils themselves, but
indirectly from the oxidation process those oils initiate. (3)
toxic oils and butter substitutes were created to replace thewholesome saturated
fats that should be consumed.
the author: Paul Fassa is dedicated to warning others about the current
corruption of food and medicine and guiding others toward a direction for better
health with no restrictions on health freedom. You can visit his blog at http://healthmaven.blogspot.com