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In spite of a redundant number of studies, there is no conclusive evidence, either scientific or otherwise, that proves any link between diet and cholesterol. The opposite is true. The real fact is the body regulates the amount of cholesterol the liver produces based on the amount of dietary cholesterol consumed. In other words there is balance in the body.
Diet may make a slight impact, but the body will still adjust. Neither animal fat or other fats determine the amount of cholesterol. A direct quote from Uffe Ravnskov, MD, PhD, in his book, The Cholesterol Myths, states; “From what you have read till now and especially from the chapters to come, you will realize that there is little or no evidence, that blood cholesterol plays a role in coronary heart disease. If total cholesterol, a better predictor than HDL-cholesterol, is unimportant, how could HDL-cholesterol be important?”
There are many studies and reports available that can easily be found on the Internet on this topic. One such is from the National Health Service in Great Britain. Another report just published in 2015 from the Harvard Medical School states the following:
“A summary of the committee’s December 2014 meeting says “Cholesterol is not considered a nutrient of concern for overconsumption.” Translation: You don’t need to worry about cholesterol in your food.
Why not? There’s a growing consensus among nutrition scientists that cholesterol in food has little effect on the amount of cholesterol in the bloodstream. And that’s the cholesterol (in the bloodstream) that matters.”
Dr. Steven Nissen went on to say, “It’s the right decision. We got the dietary guidelines wrong.” What’s interesting is this same article attempts to connect plaque in the arteries with LDL cholesterol. What it fails to discern is which type of LDL cholesterol is actually involved in helping to create plaque.
LDL cholesterol is made up of the large, fluffy particles that are the major component in LDL. What is overlooked and rarely mentioned are the medium, small and very small particles of LDL. These particles are hard, dense, rough components of LDL that when present, do the damage to the veins and arteries.
Further on the list of things rarely mentioned is how saturated fat, especially that from virgin coconut oil, never gets in the veins and arteries to be blamed for any plaque or blockage. It is in fact heart healthy.
So if NCBI, an arm of the National Institute of Health, offers this study as one result of how Virgin Coconut Oil and it’s saturated fat can have a positive impact of Cardiovascular Disease, where’s the beef?
No studies done with exactitude and true scientific attention to details has ever successfully linked diet with cholesterol, and then to any association with cardiovascular events. NEVER! It takes close scrutiny to these studies with help from other experts to get past all the mumbo jumbo verbiage to understand what’s really been said.
It’s just like we were told for years that margarine was healthier than butter. That hydrogenated soybean oil (the only kind there is) is healthier than virgin coconut oil. Now hydrogenated soybean oil is on the way out, or supposed to be. Any hydrogenated oil, and that includes hydrogenated coconut oil, is unstable, likely rancid, and finally determined as unhealthy for human consumption.
Natural unprocessed oils containing saturated fats have been vilified for decades and blamed for all sorts of health issues. Finally it can not longer be denied that it’s the much touted hydrogenated oils that are at the root of our health decline.
You won’t see virgin coconut oil on the FDA’s list! The only oils are vegetable oils. It doesn’t matter if they are hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated, they’re now illegal!
What is of special interest is labeling. Since it appears as a trans fat goes through the process of change, it somehow becomes a saturated fat! This should never be mistaken for a naturally occurring saturated fat such as coconut oil. However, it remains to be seen if the FDA will allow these oils to be called “saturated” when in fact there is a big question, at least in my mind, how they could ever be compared in the same instance as what nature provides.
A recent post takes on diet and what you eat as it looks at Alzheimers. At first, it seemed Alzheimer’s researcher Professor Ralph Martins, was suggesting that diet alone could make the difference with susceptibility to Alzheimers. It gives pleasure to say read the whole article!
So once again, the cholesterol you eat has no impact on the cholesterol produced by your body. Many studies have finally revealed that the facts prove themselves out, even if reluctantly. Others refuse to separate themselves from the false narrative, as it makes them look bad. It should!
So have you included Virgin Coconut Oil in your diet? If not, are you beginning to think it’s time you should? One last thought to leave you with. If using it can’t hurt you, what do you have to loose?
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