The Cholesterol Myth

Don’t eat eggs. Avoid red meat. Switch to margarine.

Guess what? All of these beliefs long held by cardiologists and the rest of the mainstream medical world are proving false!eggs2

I’ve been reading reports for a long time now in the sporting news about how clogging of arteries isn’t so much a buildup of cholesterol deposits in the arteries (and thus wacky ideas like colation where chemicals are induced into the blood stream in a effort to scrub the arteries clean proliferate) but cholesterol issues are more like a pimple bursting.

In today’s National Post writer Colby Cosh writes about studies showing that a switch to margarine from butter did result in lower cholesterol levels but the patients in the study died sooner. In a study in Minnesota of 10,000 people living at old-age homes and mental hospitals (where investigators could control diets and  do autopsies on all who died) who had saturated fats replaced with corn oil died a little sooner than expected despite lowered cholesterol levels.fi004

Weird eh?

The new suggestion is to follow the Mediterranean diet (olive oil, fat-rich nuts and oily fish) plus go for brisk walks.

As Cosh writes: Just go for walks and eat real food.



Author: Peter West

I am retired. I'm invested into bike riding, guitar playing, yoga and Ham Radio. I am a former photojournalist, newspaper and magazine editor and public relations practitioner with national, regional and local experience. A long-time member of Toastmasters International and an active Amateur Radio (Ham) operator here in Canada I am taking on new challenges.

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