The Truth About Cholesterol

steak and eggsThe popular misconception about saturated fats started in the year 1950.

The confusion has been widespread about the ‘dangers’ of cholesterol ever since.

It all began when a research scientist by the name of Ancel Keys played the star character in creating this quandary.

It seems that he needed a scientific ‘sounding’ explanation for how foods containing saturated fat caused disease.

So, he did what any overly-ambitious, trendsetter scientist would do;

He simply falsified and formulated his famous hypotheses that saturated fat and cholesterol
in the diet causes heart disease. (!!)

eggsHe did this by throwing out any evidence that suggested otherwise.
Few trailblazers in the medical industry dared to question him; and his unscientific ‘findings’ were heartily (no pun intended) endorsed by the American Heart Association and the U.S.D.A. (Utterly
Senseless Dietary Advice) and have been leading people astray for the past 64 years.

The most notable outcome regarding Ancel Keys’ flawed reports, are that his damaging misconceptions has helped the pharmaceutical industry to rake in millions of dollars. Unfortunately his account has also caused countless, unnecessary deaths and suffering by people just trying to get ‘healthy’.

“People, like sheep, tend to follow a leader –
occasionally in the right direction.” ~  Alexander Chase

Contrary to the ‘accepted’ view, which is absolutely not scientifically sound, saturated fats do NOT clog arteries or cause heart disease! In fact, the preferred food for the heart is saturated fat; and saturated fats lower a substance called Lp(a), which is a very accurate marker for proneness to heart disease.

Saturated fats play many important roles in the body chemistry. They strengthen the immune system and are involved in inter-cellular communication, which means they protect us against cancer. They help the receptors on our cell membranes work properly, including receptors for insulin, thereby protecting us against diabetes. The lungs cannot function without saturated fats, which is why children given butter and full-fat milk have much less asthma than children given reduced-fat milk and margarine. Saturated fats are also involved in kidney function and hormone production.

You may have heard the phrase “artery-clogging saturated fats.” This phrase was invented by Center for Science for the Public Interest, a so-called “public interest group” that lobbied successfully to get saturated fats out of the food supply and replace them with vegetable oils.

A study carried out in 1994 and published in The Lancet found that the plaque in the arteries—the “artery clogs”—is only about 26 percent saturated. All the rest is monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fatty acids. So why are they demonizing the saturated fats? Because this is the agenda of the powerful vegetable oil industry.

Another study on saturated fats, one that you never hear about, was published in the British Medical Journal in 1965. Patients who had already had a heart attack were divided into three groups. One group consumed lots of polyunsaturated fatty acids in the form of corn oil. Another group consumed mostly monounsaturated fatty acids in the form of olive oil. The third group consumed mostly saturated animal fats.

After two years, the Corn Oil Group had 30 percent lower cholesterol but only 52 percent were still alive; in the Olive Oil Group, only 57 percent were alive after two years. But in the Animal Fat Group, 75 percent were alive after two years. And remember, these were high-risk patients.

Yet if you suffer from a heart attack today, you are told to avoid all animal fats and use polyunsaturated oils!

Saturated fats are required for the nervous system to function properly, and over half the fat in the brain is saturated fat. Saturated fats also help suppress inflammation. Finally, saturated animal fats carry the vital fat-soluble vitamins A, D and K2, which we need in large amounts to be truly healthy.

Our brains need both fat and cholesterol to function properly,  70% to 80% of the cholesterol in the blood is cholesterol that your body makes. If you get cholesterol from your food then your body does not need to make as much.  Human beings have been consuming saturated fats from animals products, milk products and the tropical oils for thousands of years;

it is the advent of modern processed vegetable oil that is associated with the epidemic of modern degenerative disease, not the consumption of saturated fats.

When you look carefully at the studies claiming to show that saturated fats are bad, you find that they actually revealed the opposite. For example, the 40-year Framingham Study, used to justify margarine sales, actually found that saturated fats were beneficial, associated with lower cholesterol levels, lower body weight and more exercise.

FRAMINGHAM HEART STUDY  by William Castelli, Director

“In Framingham, Massachusetts, the more saturated fat one ate, the more cholesterol one ate, the more calories one ate, the lower people’s serum cholesterol…

…We found that the people who ate the most cholesterol, ate the most saturated fat, ate the most calories weighed the least and were the most physically active.”

SOURCE:  Archives of Internal Medicine, Jul 1992, 152:(7):1371-1372

30 YEARS LATER…

…Investigators looked at the participants of the FRAMINGHAM HEART STUDY

they found LOWER CHOLESTEROL =  GREATER RISK OF DEATH

“For each 1% mg/dl drop of cholesterol there was an 11 percent increase in coronary and total mortality.”

SOURCE:  JAMA 1987;257:2176-2180

 
Click on the following link and get the ‘thumbs up’ book;

Low Cholesterol Leads to an Early Death: Evidence From 101 Published Scientific Papers,
By David E Evans

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Evans provides studies in chronological order proving that the lower your cholesterol, the earlier you die; that high levels of BOTH “good” and “bad” cholesterol help you to live longer! That high cholesterol does NOT cause cardiovascular disease; that low cholesterol leads to an early death and leads to an increased prevalence of many diseases, especially cancer.

 ~ Chef Lynda