Best thing you can do to lower cholesterol? Stay off refined carbohydrates and sugar. Tis not fat that is the enemy. There is a strong link between insulin resistance and high cholesterol, and these high carbohydrate foods, including sugar, cause spikes in insulin, which in turn affects how cholesterol is metabolised by the body. There is even evidence to show that statins actually act on insulin production, and not the cholesterol. It is the insulin you need to level out, not the fat intake. There was a 2009 study, (Mente) published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, which found no link between saturated fat and heart disease.
The main dietary nasties were in fact: trans fats, sugar, and high-GI carbohydrates. Increased consumption of mono-unsaturated fats (Omega 3 fats) was a protective factor, along with fruit, veg, nuts, whole grains, and fish. No need for any expensive fake diet foods or cholesterol lowering products. They don't work, and nor does the low fat dogma either. But food companies have made billions out of it, and have a very powerful lobby, so the scientific community is wary of busting the myths. And of course, who pays for a lot of this research......if the low fat low calorie thing really worked, would we have such a proliferation of obesity and other health issues in the developed world? And why did our grandparents generation, who cooked with lard- there was no canola oil or fry light, and ate dripping sandwiches, rarely have overweight people, let alone obese? I can tell you one thing, it's pretty damn hard to overeat on dripping sandwiches. But it's pretty easy to overeat on fast food chain fries fried in "healthy" sunflower oil, or sugary cakes and pastries, sweets, or overdose on sugary drinks.....and are we generally not hungry again within a couple of hours of eating this stuff, due to the big insulin spike we get and then the subsequent crash? And given we're concerned here with alcohol, lets not forget that a lot of the cravings we get for the stuff are actually to do with cravings for sugar, because sugar prompts release of dopamine in the brain - the "feel good stuff". Which is what we tend to want more of, not the sugar itself but the effects. So we keep eating the very things that make us sicker, and what's worse is it's disguised as health food in many guises...."wholegrain" "vitamin enriched" and "high fibre" cereals and granolas that are full of sugar, for example.
I'll get off me soap box now....all I'll say to finish off is that we have plenty of foods that nature provided us with that give us the vitamins and the fibre and will fill us up very nicely til lunch time, but plain ol' fruit, veg, nuts, seeds, fish and eggs never made food giants much profit now did they......
Balls to Benecol. Just make sure that most of your diet is clean, natural, unprocessed food. Sorted.
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