Finally—Government admits misguided war on cholesterol

For decades, health ‘experts’ have issued dire warnings that foods high in fat and cholesterol lead to heart disease, obesity and other illnesses.

But new research has determined that government food guidelines, which prompted millions to shun red meat and eggs were not supported by good evidence and were, in fact, wrong.

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In the late 1970s, Americans were encouraged to reduce their fat intake to about 30 percent of their total daily calories. But after reviewing the research available at that time, a team of British scientist has concluded that there was NEVER any evidence that eating less fat would reduce the risk of heart disease.

Today the U.S. Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee no longer classifies cholesterol as a “nutrient of concern.”

Meanwhile, during our long war on cholesterol, two big changes came to Western society:

(1)  Big Food came to the rescue with processed food loaded with simple, nutrient-deficient carbohydrates such as sugar, white bread products, pasta and thousands of other products—the REAL drivers of rampant obesity, diabetes and heart disease.

(2)  As obsession with ‘high cholesterol’ hit the public, Big Pharma came to the rescue with statin drugs such as Lipitor, Vytorin, Zocor, Crestor, Pravachol and others, a $30 billion industry, which has delivered a legacy of chronic pain, weakness, confusion, cell damage,  fatigue, shortness of breath and many other side effects.

At least 300 of them, according to Dr. Joseph Mercola.

The decision, belatedly admitted, reverses four decades of government advice concluding that eating foods high in cholesterol does not significantly raise cholesterol levels in the blood, or increase the risk of heart disease.

Genetics and a good whole food diet have much greater effects on balanced cholesterol levels, then turning our backs on the fat that gives us energy.

“We got the dietary guidelines wrong,”  Dr. Steven Nissen of the Cleveland Clinic told USA Today. “They’ve been wrong for decades.”

Just remember that your meat, eggs and nuts need the help of plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables.

Source: The Week

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