Cholesterol in your diet – not a concern

Dr. Weeks’ Comment:  This article was sent to me by a colleague and it is well worth reading to assure yourself that eating eggs and other cholesterol rich foods is beneficial and not deleterious to your health. Here is its conclusion but I urge you to read the entire article here.

 

In Conclusion

So, on closer inspection, it becomes apparent that the dietary recommendations made by the health industry in the 1970’s were not necessarily correct, and have been suggested to be based upon poorly done research (Google Keys Study).

Total blood cholesterol is not actually a good indicator of cardiovascular disease risk, and we should rather pay attention to the levels of LDL and HDL in the blood. High levels of LDL have shown strong links with an increased risk of cardiovascular disease, where increased levels of HDL have shown a reduced risk.

Recent research has suggested that dietary cholesterol does not influence blood cholesterol levels negatively, and the consumption of foods naturally high in both cholesterol and saturated fat (such as eggs) can increase blood HDL levels, decreasing the risk of cardiovascular disease.

Highly processed oils and sugars appear to be the real culprits, both of which have been linked to an increased risk of heart disease.

As such, we should try to avoid eating highly processed foods, and should aim to increase our consumption of naturally occurring foods such as vegetables, dairy, and other meat based products as a way to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease!

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