CHOLESTEROL—THE ESSENTIAL NUTRIENT?
People who eat the most cholesterol and the most saturated fat live longest and have the lowest incidence of heart disease. Medicine's greatest error for fifty years has been a war against cholesterol. Here are a few essential facts.
People who eat the most cholesterol and eat the most saturated fat weigh the least! Weight gain and cholesterol levels are invariably correlated. Individuals who eat the least amount of saturated fat and cholesterol have twice the death rate of those who eat the diet opposed by the American Heart Association!
In Okinawa, where inhabitants eat large amounts of pork and cook with lard, average life expectancy of women is 84. Jews in Yemen, whose fat intake is solely of animal origin but NO sugar, have minimal heart disease and diabetes. Yemenite Jews transplanted to Israel eat more margarine, vegetable oils and sugar with resultant high levels of heart disease and diabetes.
Northern residents of India eat 17 times more animal fat than those in South India; the Southern Indians have seven times greater incidence of heart disease. The African Masai eat mostly milk and beef but heart disease is rare and cholesterol is low.
Residents of Crete obtain 70% of their calories from lamb, sausage, and goat cheese and have very low rates of heart disease. Eskimos are relatively free of heart disease, despite high intake of fat, as long as they avoid sugar. Chinese, who consume great quantities of milk, NON-HOMOGENIZED, have half the rate of heart disease as those who eat little animal fat. In Soviet Georgia those who eat the most fatty meat live the longest. The incidence of death from coronary artery disease in France is 55% lower than in the U.S., despite the French high intake of butter, eggs, cream, and pate. Indeed, in areas with the highest intake of goose and duck liver, the incidence of coronary heart disease is a striking 76% below that of Americans.
CARBOHYDRATES MAKIE YOU FAT; FAT DOES NOT!
Beef fat is considerably better at improving cholesterol than equal calories from bread, potatoes, and pasta. And non-hydrogenated pork lard is even better than other shortenings.
The carbohydrate problem is related to the Glycemic Index. Sugar has a GI of 100; white bread is 97. Nuts have a GI of only 15. This means they raise blood sugar only 15% the rate of sugar. High GI leads to insulin release, which increases fat storage. High dairy fat DECREASES insulin r?sistance. The 'Double GULP,' 64 ounces of pure junk, contains 48 teaspoons of sugar, with 292 calories for fat production. Artificial sweeteners, such as aspartame, actually prevent weight loss and increase appetite.
Trans-fats, such as hydrogenated margarine, shortening and most peanut butter, are at least as serious a threat as high cholesterol. They are found in many pastries, doughnuts, deep-fried foods, crackers and 'Fast Food,' mostly junk. They increase insulin release and are associated with:
The 'statin' drugs are the PharmacoMafia's answer to cholesterol problems. While they modestly reduce cholesterol, they clobber the liver and immune function. Personally I would not take them under any circumstance!
What does work:
If cholesterol is still above 200 after 6 weeks on the above regimen, add:
Have your homocysteine level checked; it is 10 times as important and easily controlled with extra B-12 and folic acid.