3/4/2018 9:02:28 AM
Couple of things.
1) Responding to a comment below: statins are not evil and they absolutely help people with cardiovascular disease. Low-dose statins minimize side effects but do help lower LDL cholesterol (and slightly raise HDL, the good stuff). Not everyone should be on statins, only those for whom lifestyle changes aren't enough or people who have cardiovascular disease. Those people have a genetic makeup that causes the body to produce an imbalance of LDL to HDL, and statins help control that. There are legitimate medical reasons to take statins. If you go on a statin and your LDL values plummet, it's likely a) the statins help, and b) you'll have to keep taking them. Source: Mayo Clinic https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-condit
2) Recent research shows genetics, not foods high in cholesterol, are responsible for high cholesterol. Your body makes more cholesterol than you can eat. Cutting cholesterol in your diet won't help lower LDL levels. Trans fats, on the other hand, are bad for you; you should avoid all hydrogenated fats. Source: Cleveland Clinic https://health.clevelandclinic.org/why-you
3) The article lacks anything about triglycerides. Triglycerides contribute to atherosclerosis and inflammation which, in turn, raises the risk of cardiovascular disease (stroke, heart attack etc.). A normal triglyceride level is 150 or less. When calculating your overall cholesterol number, triglycerides contribute "1" for every "5" - for example, a triglyceride count of 150 counts as 30 cholesterol. Cutting back on simple carbs and processed foods like granulated sugar and white flour will reduce your triglyceride levels. Source: Mayo Clinic https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-condit
4) One thing I'd like to see mentioned about fat is that you need to eat fats to get enough fat-soluble vitamins like Vitamins A, D, E and K. Your body cannot absorb those vitamins from your food unless there is fat in your diet. Many people on low-fat diets are also low in A and D.
The article may be old, but most of the information in it is still recommended. I would like to see the article updated to current information.