Friday, March 27, 2015

The Cholesterol Myth Debunked!

Guess what.....the government has said you can eat eggs again! Happy Easter and a nutritious one as well. For the past half century, cholesterol has been touted as unhealthy, and dietary fat and cholesterol have been portrayed as being among the “deadliest” foods you could possibly eat.
This may finally change, as limitations for cholesterol will likely be removed from the 2015 edition of Dietary Guidelines for Americans. It’s about time really, as 60 years’ worth of research has utterly failed to demonstrate a correlation between high cholesterol and heart disease.
Not only does undamaged natural cholesterol not cause heart disease, it is actually one of the most important molecules in your body; indispensable for the building of cells and for producing stress and sex hormones, as well as vitamin D.
Cholesterol is also important for brain health, and helps with the formation of your memories. Low levels of HDL cholesterol have been linked to memory loss and Alzheimer's disease, and may also increase your risk of depression, stroke, violent behavior, and even suicide.
A draft of the 2015 edition of Dietary Guidelines for Americans, created by the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, now states that “cholesterol is not considered a nutrient of concern for over-consumption.”
And, according to a recent report in the Washington Post, an insider claims the new stance on cholesterol will remain in the final report. As noted by medical journalist Larry Husten:
“The proposed change reflects a major shift in the scientific view of cholesterol that has taken place in recent years.
Although serum cholesterol is still considered an important risk factor, cholesterol consumed in food is now thought to play a relatively insignificant role in determining blood levels of cholesterol.”
However, if you process saturated fat or cholesterol and heat it by frying, then  you create very dangerous products that will clearly increase your risk of cardiovascular disease. So this new information does not give you free license to eat any type of cholesterol. Over heating of even healthy fats can cause them to turn into a trans fat. Remember, trans fats are worse than sugar for your health.
If your cholesterol is high there are several natural ways to lower it. Eating garlic is one, fish oil is another. Oats, avocados, nuts, black tea, beans, salmon, spinach, chocolate and red wine are also helpful in lowering your cholesterol. Shrimp, once rejected because of high cholesterol is also back on the menu! CoQ10, Hawthorn extract and plant sterols are all good for heart health. Of course exercise is also very important!
So enjoy your Easter eggs this year and Happy Health!
Submitted by Tricia @ Nutrition by Tricia