Monday, February 15, 2010
So there seems to be a lot of research going on about saturated fat and cholesterol.. Society has proven that limiting saturated fats and cholesterol is not working!
I just thought I would share some research with you guys to see what you think?
So I went to the website; the American Heart Association to see what their view was on this topic. They stated; Saturated fats have a chemical makeup in which the carbon atoms are saturated with hydrogen atoms. Saturated fats are typically solid at room temperature. Eating foods that contain saturated fats raises the cholesterol in your blood. High levels of cholesterol increase your risk of heart disease and stroke. Saturated fats occur naturally in many foods. The majority come mainly from animal sources, including meat and dairy products. Examples are fatty beef, lamb, pork, poultry with skin, beef fat (tallow), lard and cream, butter, cheese and other dairy products made from whole or reduced-fat (2 percent) milk. These foods also contain dietary cholesterol. The heart association also advises you should replace saturated foods with monounsaturated and polyunsaturated oils.
I found a website www.westonaprice.org they are very pro saturated fats and cholesterol.. It is a nonprofitable educational organization. Basically Weston Price was a dentist and noticed that weston society had lots of dental problems but the indigenous people did not have any tooth decay etc. So he traveled to all indigenous countries to find out what their diet was like. He found, lots of meat, milk products, seafood, butter, lard.. Everything we are told not to eat.
I found a brochure about cholesterol. I will give you the interesting points. Please go to the website and read more if you are interested. I will start with the importance of cholesterol.
-Cholesterol is produced by almost every cell in the body
-Cholesterol in cell membranes makes cells waterproof so there can be a different chemistry on the inside and the outside of the cell
-Cholesterol is nature's repair substance, used to repair wounds, including tears and irritations in the arteries.
-Many important hormones are made of cholesterol, including hormones that regulate mineral metabolism and blood sugar, hormones help us deal with stress, and all sex hormones, such as testosterone, estrogen, and progesterone.
-Cholesterol is vital to the function of the brain and nervous system
-Cholesterol protects us against depression, it plays a role in the utilization of seratonin, the bodies "feel good" chemical
-The bile salts, needed for digestion of fats are made from cholesterol
-Cholesterol is the precursor of vitamin D, which is formed by the action of UVB light on cholesterol in the skin
-Cholesterol is a powerful antioxidant that protects us against free radicals and therefore against cancer
-Cholesterol, especially LDL-cholesterol (the so called bad cholesterol) helps fight infection..
Did the drug companies ever tell us these facts?? What else have they been hiding away from us all this time?
MYTH:cholesterol and saturated fats clogs arteries
TRUTH: There is very little cholesterol or saturated fats in the arterial plaque or clogs. Most of the material is a calcium deposit akin to lime and most of the fatty acids are unsaturated
MYTH: Eating saturated fat and cholesterol-rich foods will cause cholesterol levels to rise and make people more susceptible to heart disease.
TRUTH: Many studies show no relationship between diet and cholesterol levels; there is no evidence that saturated fat and cholesterol-rich food contribute to heart disease. As Americans have cut back on saturated fat and cholesterol-rich foods, rates of heart disease have gone up.
MYTH: Cholesterol-lowering drugs have saved many lives.
TRUTH: In the two most recent trials, involving over 10,000 subjects, cholesterol-lowering did not result in any improvement in outcome.
MYTH: Countries that have a high consumption of animal fat and cholesterol have higher rates of heart disease.
TRUTH: There are many exceptions to this observation, such as France and Spain. Furthermore, an association (called a “risk factor”) is not the same as a cause. In wealthy countries where people eat a lot of animal foods, many other factors exist that can contribute to heart disease.
What Dr. Price found was animal fat is high in the fat-soluble vitamin A and D. Back in the 1930s, Dr Price observed that rates of heart attack rose during periods of the year when levels of these fat soluble vitamins in local butter went down.
Please let me know what you think.. After reading the research, I personally am not afraid of my cholesterol levels and will eat the whole egg, and have butter with my vegetables ;)
There is a tone of info and books out on fats at the moment. They are proving the health industry wrong.
We know for sure things need to change.
Hope it was interesting and not too boring, but I guess

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Hi.. Im Katie. I am 20 years old. I am a student nurse. I love learning about healthy eating and living healthy lifestyles. There are so many lies and myths about the food we eat today and I am determined to spread the word. If you have any questions don't be shy to ask. Email me at k_rotgans@hotmail.com P.S I am not a doctor, I do not diagnose conditions. I am just hear to educate myself and others. Any symptoms I address please see your doctor.
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