Five common cholesterol myths busted
This is Myth Number 1: Cholesterol will kill You
Its simply not true. Cholesterol is your friend, not your enemy. Essential to good health, especially women’s wellness, cholesterol should not be something that is feared and revered when eating a nutritious diet.
It is a naturally occurring product found in the body which is made by the liver. It is vital to normal cell function and is the parent molecule for such major hormones as estrogen, progesterone and testosterone. It is critical to the immune system and the brain.
Myth Number 2: High Cholesterol Causes Coronary Heart Disease
There is no proven link between dietary cholesterol and coronary heart disease. Numerous studies have been done which claim to show a link, but all have been flawed and none have been conclusive. This, we now know.
The most influential study of all, the Seven Countries Study done in 1953 by Dr. Ancel Keys – involved a highly suspicious model of analysis in itself, with Dr. Keys removing statistics which did not ‘agree’ with his ideology. Having taken data from 22 countries, he only took note of the seven countries whose evidence supported his views, discounting the rest. Incredibly, it is this paper upon which the whole cholesterol theory is based.
As a result of the study, everyone was told to cut out butter, red meat, animal fats, eggs and dairy from their diet. This approach is mistakenly still in force around the world today.
Myth Number 3: Saturated Fat Is Dangerous
There is absolutely no correlation between saturated fat and heart disease, as two major studies have recently confirmed.
Raw fats from a healthy natural diet are good. Your body needs these in order to thrive. They even help reduce heart disease.
Artificial and chemically induced fats from processed food are to be avoided at all times.
Great sources of healthy fats include nuts, wild fish, wild and grass-fed meats, seeds (such as chia and flaxseeds), avocados, organic free-range eggs, olive oil and coconut oil.
Myth Number 4: The Higher Your cholesterol, The Shorter Your Lifespan
In a major inquiry into cholesterol known as the Framington Study, those who actually lived the longest had the highest cholesterol.
Myth Number 5: High Cholesterol Is a Good Predictor of Heart Attacks
Statistics actually show that more than 50 percent of people admitted to hospitals with cardiovascular disease have Normal cholesterol, where those with high cholesterol are seen to have Healthy hearts.