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Cholesterol

Post  HomeGrown on Wed May 27, 2015 6:23 am

For years, decades even, cholesterol has been demonised by doctors and dieticians alike. The more dietary cholesterol the more likely you are to have a heart attack, or so they told us. But if that is true, why is it that the more people consume low fat 'diet' products, the greater the obesity epidemic becomes?

Well, I have news for you - FAT IS NOT THE ENEMY!

Cholesterol is essential for the body to function properly; in fact, your body makes its own if you consume too little. Without it, your body simply would not function efficiently. It is part of every cell in the body and helps promote healthy cell growth, manufacture vitamin D from sunshine, create hormones and - most importantly - it helps develop bile which aids in the digestion of fat.

Is there a key to the problem in that last fact? If cholesterol helps in the digestion of fat, then not eating cholesterol means we are potentially digesting less fat.

The other side of the coin - i.e. what IS the enemy - is that fat slows down the digestive process. Let me explain with an example. If you eat a plateful of chips, or mashed potato, you have eaten carbohydrate and very little else. Carbohydrate is very quickly and easily digested. The body needs to turn the carbohydrate into something else to make it usable by the body - namely, glucose. The blood stream is rapidly flooded with glucose when you eat a meal high (or exclusively) in carbohydrate. This triggers the liver to produce insulin to stem the tide. The glucose is usually stored in the liver as glycogen, but if there is too much, it is laid down as fat, most often around the stomach area. If however, those chips are served with steak, then the fat in the steak slows down the digestion, your insulin is not triggered and there is a slower release of glucose into the blood stream. We have been duped into thinking that while chips are not the best diet, steak is a definite no-no, as it will lead almost automatically to a heart attack.

Now, let's take a brief look at low fat food. In order to make the food taste good, the low fat variety of whatever you are eating has been loaded with sugar. Otherwise, the food is pretty tasteless. Those that haven't been loaded with sugar have been loaded with sugar substitutes - and these fool the body into thinking there has been a flood of glucose into the blood stream - and again, fat is laid down around the midsection.

Now that is a very simplistic overview, but the truth is fat is NOT your enemy; carbohydrate (sugar, potato, bread - especially white bread, pasta, and pastry) is your real enemy.

And, by the way, there has been NO study directly linking high cholesterol to heart disease.

http://foodmatters.tv/articles-1/the-6-greatest-cholesterol-myths-debunked

http://chriskresser.com/the-diet-heart-myth-cholesterol-and-saturated-fat-are-not-the-enemy/

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