A perspective on heart disease
Cholesterol and heart disease have been synonymous with one another for the last half-century. Arriving at the truth of this matter requires reading the book “The Cholesterol Myths” by Dr. Uffe Ravnskov, M.D., Ph.D.
Dr. Ravnskov describes studies on the connection between heart disease and cholesterol. His basic conclusion is that there is no connection between cholesterol, lipid levels, coronary artery disease and intake of traditional fats.
Various cholesterol levels measured in the blood do not tell us whether or not an individual is prone to heart disease. Those with low total levels of cholesterol are just as likely to have a heart attack as those with high total cholesterol when the research is examined.
A Few Truths About Cholesterol
Cholesterol is an important substance in our bodies. Most do not realize that roughly 85 percent of the cholesterol in our bodies does not come from the food we eat; our liver produces it. If we eat more, the liver produces less and vice versa.
Cholesterol is also needed to support proper production of our repair hormones that help us recover from daily stress.
Why Your Body Needs Saturated Fats
Saturated fats make up 50 percent of your cell walls. It gives the wall stiffness and integrity. Saturated 18-carbon stearic acid and 16-carbon palmitic acid are actually the preferred fuel for the heart, and the heart will call on these fat stores in times of stress.
Further, for calcium to be adequately incorporated into the skeletal structure roughly 50 percent of the fats ingested need to be high quality saturated fats. Adequate saturated fat is also needed to effectively metabolize and assimilate omega-3 fatty acids.
Don’t Be Fooled By Marketing
Saturated fats and cholesterol are not malicious creatures that consumers are sold on them to be. In fact, saturated animal fat and cholesterol consumption has steadily declined since 1910 – yet heart disease has continued to rise.
Conversely, consumption of vegetable and synthetic fats has increased by over 400 percent during the same period. Draw your own conclusions from that.