Everything you’ve been told about saturated fat and cholesterol being bad for your health is wrong. In fact, the opposite is true according to the author, Jimmy Moore, and 29 health professionals in the book Cholesterol Clarity. Consuming natural foods rich in saturated fat and cholesterol should be your number one source of calories. Believe it.
This book is a jaw dropper because what it outlines is that a significant portion of the mainstream health and nutrition guidance we are getting here in the United States and the West is provably wrong. The book discusses how most doctors and health advocacy groups are lined up on the wrong side of the truth on this issue. And that the end result is health and nutrition advice that will worsen your health rather than improve it.
They have all signed on to The Cholesterol Lie.
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So this is the Lie: the consumption of natural foods rich in saturated fat and cholesterol causes heart disease.
What we have been taught for the past 60 years is that eating foods high in fat and cholesterol such as red meat, butter, whole milk, cheese and whole eggs will clog your arteries and eventually give you a heart attack or cause a stroke.
The primary cause of heart or cardiovascular disease for our purposes is atherosclerosis; also known as a hardening or clogging of the arteries. This clogging is caused by a buildup of what is called plaque. And this plaque is made up of a combination of elements which includes cholesterol, triglycerides (fat) and other cellular debris.
What happens over time with a buildup of plaque in the arteries is the eventual restriction of blood flow. This is bad because it will reduce the flow of blood and oxygen to your body making any exertion more and more difficult. The acute danger from atherosclerosis is a heart attack or stroke. This occurs when plaque suddenly ruptures and causes a blood clot in an artery. When this happens to an artery in the heart it causes a heart attack. When it happens in the brain it causes a stroke.
One of the reasons The Lie is so pervasive is because there is an element of truth to it. Cholesterol and fat are indeed contained in the plaque which results in a hardening of the arteries. And it makes conceptual sense as well that fat and cholesterol will clog our arteries over time just as they will do to pipes in a sink drain.
Thus, the argument states, if we limit our consumption of fatty foods containing cholesterol, we will reduce the clogging of our arteries and as a result reduce the chances of a heart attack or stroke.
This is a direct line of reasoning which seems to make perfect sense—except it is wrong.
The fact of the matter is that cholesterol is absolutely necessary for us to live. Without it we would die.
I will repeat that for emphasis. Cholesterol is required for humans to live and we would die very quickly without it.
Shocking, isn’t it? Have you ever heard those words from your doctor, the government, nutritionists, Big Pharma or the food companies? My guess is that you have not. What you have heard is that cholesterol and fat are very bad for your health and should be avoided as much as possible; that instead you should eat a low-fat high-carb diet, rich in fruits and vegetables, lean meats and healthy whole grains. Sound familiar?
By and of itself there is nothing at all wrong with cholesterol. It is a critical component in good health and has many benefits. Here is a list culled from Cholesterol Clarity:
- Promotes the formation of Vitamin D
- Necessary for cell repair
- Needed for the production of testosterone
- Needed for the production of estrogen
- Aids in salt and water regulation
- Is necessary for a strong memory
- Helps in the production of serotonin—the chemical which makes us happy
- Necessary for the digestion of fats
- Helps in the prevention of dementia
- Provides antioxidant benefits
- Aids the immune system
- It is required by the heart
In fact, cholesterol is so important to our health that our bodies produce the vast majority of the cholesterol circulating in our bloodstream; virtually every cell is capable of producing its own cholesterol. About 85% of the cholesterol consumed through food is actually excreted. Thus, dietary cholesterol does not have a significant effect on our overall cholesterol levels.
One has to ask then, if our bodies produce the majority of the cholesterol circulating in our system and it provides so many necessary benefits and functions, why has cholesterol become such a health villain? We will get to this question in a follow up article by delineating the government sponsored research responsible and the vested interests that continue to maintain the status quo.
Here is the real killer piece of information that is plainly laid out in Cholesterol Clarity : there is no statistical relationship between cholesterol levels and heart disease. As it turns out, about 75% of people who have heart attacks have LDL (bad) cholesterol levels within the established “healthy” parameters. And about 50% of those people have a LDL level in the “optimal” range.
Additionally, if you look at geographic population data there is absolutely no significant relationship between cholesterol levels and cardiovascular disease. Some countries with very low levels of cholesterol have higher rates of heart disease and some with higher levels of cholesterol have lower level of heart disease.
Take 78 seconds of your time to watch the video below, titled Cholesterol and Heart Disease, from Scottish physician Dr. Malcom Kendrick which explicitly demonstrates the complete lack of correlation between cholesterol levels and cardiovascular disease.
Please note the comments below from Dr. Kendrick in Cholesterol Clarity regarding the World Health Organization data referred to in this video:
– “There is absolutely no correlation between saturated fat intake, cholesterol levels, and heart disease.”
– “If you look at the figures, it’s extremely clear that the countries whose populations have the highest saturated fat intake tend to have slightly higher cholesterol levels, but all have lower rates of heart disease. We’re talking about a difference of 700 percent!”
– “So from this data we learn that the countries with the highest saturated fat consumption all have lower heart disease levels than the countries with the lowest saturated fat consumption.”
Here in America people have indeed significantly reduced their level of fat and cholesterol consumption as a cultural response to the anti-cholesterol and anti-fat propaganda. And yet, heart disease is now the number one killer of men and women and obesity and diabetes have reached epidemic levels. Seventy percent of the U.S. population is classified as overweight or obese and a majority (52%) of the adult population is diabetic or pre-diabetic.
The Real Cause
If it’s not saturated fat and cholesterol that causes heart disease, what is the actual cause? In a word the answer is inflammation; chronic inflammation to be exact.
Acute inflammation is what we all know as the swelling that occurs from injury. This is normal and healthy. It aids in the healing process. Chronic inflammation on the other hand is very unhealthy. Long term inflammation can become dangerous and life-threatening.
– “Without inflammation in the body, cholesterol would move freely through the body and never accumulate on the walls of blood vessels. Inflammation is caused when we expose our bodies to toxins or foods the human body wasn’t designed to process. These foods, however, are not the saturated fats in butter and meat and cheese—the things we’ve been taught to avoid. They are foods marketed as ‘heart-healthy’.”
So when we expose the body to “toxins and foods the human body wasn’t designed to process” the long term result is chronic inflammation. It is this inflammation then which corrupts the body’s metabolic systems and leads to heart disease. Inflammation causes the deadly buildup of plaque in the arteries.
And what exactly are these “toxins and foods” causing all the trouble? Most of them are those you would expect:
- Excessive alcohol consumption
- Trans fats
- High blood sugar levels
- Chemical exposure
- High blood pressure
Note that what is not included in this list is saturated fat and cholesterol.
Saturated fat and cholesterol do not cause chronic inflammation.
And there is one more “toxin or food” to be added to this list that we have not evolved for or been designed to process at the highly elevated levels we do today—carbohydrates. Our modern low fat diets are now pervasive with grain based carbohydrates and refined sugars. Many of the “heart-healthy” foods referenced in the quote above are primarily carbohydrate based and marketed as low fat.
Imagine that. Perhaps the prevailing wisdom about what is heart-healthy to eat is actually upside down. Or to put it more bluntly, perhaps it is wrong. Perhaps the upward spiraling heart disease, obesity and diabetes rates are directly related to our modern and unnaturally high rates of carbohydrate consumption.
The Short Story
So this is the short story the author of Cholesterol Clarity, Jimmy Moore, and his contributing medical and nutrition experts are telling us:
- Cholesterol is naturally produced by the body and necessary for good health.
- Although cholesterol and fats are indeed contained in the arterial plaque that causes heart disease, they are a symptom and not the cause.
- There is no relationship between cholesterol levels and heart disease.
- The primary cause of the recent spike in metabolic related diseases (including heart disease) is chronic inflammation.
- Without chronic inflammation cholesterol and fat would not be deposited as plaque in the arteries of the heart.
- The primary dietary cause of chronic inflammation is carbohydrates.
The Panzer Diet Plan
As with everything that I write, take my advice at your own peril. Do your own research. Seek professional counsel and then decide on your own.
Here we go:
Keep it simple and eliminate or minimize all grain based foods. They all end up as glucose (sugar) in your bloodstream, the same as table sugar. This means breads, pastas, pastry, rice and corn based products.
Eliminate or minimize the consumption of refined sugar and alcohol. Don’t smoke.
Drink only water, coffee and tea.
Eat your fill of beef, chicken, pork, fish, eggs, dairy, nuts, vegetables, tubers and fruit.
Fast for 16 hours each day to burn fat and stay lean.
Enjoy better energy and mental clarity.
Live healthy and live well.
All the best,