Cholesterol dogma; the government finally catches up to science and it does not look good for those selling cholesterol lowering drugs.
Sorry big pharma, the message is now clear that using a potentially harmful drug (statins) to lower cholesterol is not only bad for your health, but it does not reduce your risk of having a heart attack from clogged arteries.
As mentioned in previous blogs, the problem with cholesterol lowering drugs is that the benefit did not outweigh the risk and now the government has offered new guidelines which shows that dietary cholesterol is not the reason we have heart attacks. The real reason is mostly do to inflammation within the body.
While I have head this before, inflammatory foods are likely a main culprit which includes most of the white foods (white rice, white bread, flower, sugar for example) which cause inflammation in the body, and taking in the right types of fats is actually healthy for you.
It is amazing the amount of harm that has been done by poor government panel recommendations in the past which has negatively affected our health. Of course, it will take quite a while until the medical profession is able to digest this new information and change their recommendations to patients accordingly.
You can read more about these recent findings and recommendations in this excellent article below.
Government finally admits it was wrong about Cholesterol
or the past 40 years, we’ve been told to limit our cholesterol intake and adopt a low-fat diet.
Cholesterol and fat, we were told, are dangerous to our heart health and must be minimized to prevent heart disease.
We didn’t hear these warnings from random, fly-by-night “experts” trying to hawk a heart-healthy solution.
This information came straight from the U.S. government, the American Heart Association and other health organizations.
And now, in an astonishing position reversal, these experts may soon stop singing the “low-cholesterol, low-fat” diet gospel.
That’s because an independent advisory group, the Dietary Guidelines and Advisory Committee, is dumping this dietary dogma and dispelling the diet-heart myth.
Changing the Diet-Heart Hypothesis
The current diet-heart hypothesis tells us that saturated fat raises our blood cholesterol levels. And when that level gets too high, it puts us at risk for heart disease.
Previously, the DGAC recommended that cholesterol intake should be capped at 300 mg per day and that fat should represent less than 30% of our daily calorie intake.
However, within the past few weeks, the DGAC has debunked this hypothesis as merely myth.
In fact, the new DGAC guidelines state that it will not bring forward the low-cholesterol guideline:
“Available evidence shows no appreciable relationship between consumption of dietary cholesterol and serum cholesterol.”
Not only that …
“Cholesterol is not a nutrient of concern for overconsumption.”
As for fat intake, that “up to 30%” number seems to be fine … as long as it’s the right kind.
“Dietary advice should put the emphasis on optimizing types of dietary fat and not reducing total fat.
“Reducing total fat (replacing total fat with overall carbohydrates) does not lower cardiovascular risk.
“The consumption of ‘low-fat’ or ‘nonfat’ products with high amounts of refined grains and added sugars should be discouraged.”
Talk about a complete 180!
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