On this blog, I talk a lot about cholesterol myths.
Because once we understand that cholesterol has nothing to do with heart disease, we can make better health choices.
Uffe Ravnskov (an independent researcher who pays for his research with his own money) wrote this nifty post dispelling the myths of cholesterol.
Here is a quick summary of his findings on the truth about cholesterol:
People with high cholesterol live the longest.
Cholesterol is not a deadly poison, but a substance vital to the cells of all mammals.
High or low levels of good and bad cholesterol have nothing to do with heart disease.
Our body produces three to four times more cholesterol than we eat. So dietary cholesterol has almost no influence on whether we get heart disease.
Scientific studies show there is no evidence that too much animal fat and cholesterol in the diet promotes atherosclerosis or heart attacks.
Neither heart mortality or total mortality has been improved with cholesterol-lowering drugs.
Fact: modern cholesterol-lowering drugs disturb the functions of the muscles, the heart and the brain. Even worse, pregnant women taking statins may give birth to children with malformations more severe than those seen after thalidomide.
Many scientific journals ignore these facts and continue to push lies about cholesterol causing heart disease.
The media and press are complicit in covering up the truth about cholesterol. Why? Because drug companies are usually their biggest advertiser.
Punchline: The healthiest people I know enjoy a diet focused only on eating nutrient-dense foods. And these foods are (usually) high in cholesterol. I never count calories or fret about foods high in dietary cholesterol. And I am in the best shape of my life right now.