For the past four decades, the U.S. government has warned that eating cholesterol-rich foods and saturated fat would promote heart disease. In that time, low-fat and fat-free foods have become more prominent on the grocery shelves. But have these changes made a difference in our overall health?
Dr Christopher Ramsden, of the National Institute of Health, unearthed raw data from Keys’ largest, most rigorous trial of its kind. Analysis of the data clearly showed that lowering cholesterol by consuming vegetable oils instead of saturated fat actually raised the risk of death from cardio vascular events.
Dietary cholesterol plays an important role in brain health and memory formation, and is indispensible for the build of cells and production of stress and sex hormones, as well as Vitamin D. It is actually cholesterol in your skin that is converted into Vitamin D with exposure to sunlight.
Studies conducted from 1968 through 2015 have repeatedly demonstrated that replacing saturated fats with vegetable oils is a bad idea. Though total cholesterol can be reduced, the overall effects on the body are anything but desirable.
According to Dr Cate Shanahan, vegetable oil is your brain’s worst enemy. Here are some of its effects:
- Promotes gut inflammation and leaky gut
- Disrupts the regulation of blood flow through the arteries in your brain
- Turning your immune system against you by affecting your white blood cells
- Attacking the nerve cell architecture
- Impairing brain development
- Making cellular membranes more susceptible to oxidative damage
What are your options as you get rid of Wesson and other corn oils, and canola, sunflower, peanut, safflower, cottonseed, soybean, and rapeseed oils?
I recommend organic butter, nut oils, coconut oil, and olive oils. Yes, some of these could be considered vegetable oils, but they have been proven beneficial in many recent studies. Coconut oil’s medium-chain triglycerides can be burned to fuel your cells and is readily used by brain cells.
Are your cholesterol numbers at a concerning level? Perhaps it’s time to talk with me to see whether a Consultation would be beneficial for you.