For years we have been advised to avoid saturated fats such as butter due to the perceived risk of soaring cholesterol levels, and an ever increasing risk of heart disease and strokes. In an effort to follow that advice, many of us have adopted low fat diets, often avoiding natural products such as diary, eggs and fatty meat, and instead opting for processed foods high in refined carbohydrates as well as sugar.
However most of the cholesterol found in your blood is produced by the liver. The liver actually produces less when you consume foods high in cholesterol keeping things balanced.
A study by the Womens’ Health Initiative was one of the largest nutrition experiments in history. Following 48,835 postmenopausal women who took part over a period of seven years there was no difference in the rate of heart disease or cancer between those on a low fat diet and those on a “normal” diet. Similar recent studies have found no advantages to a low fat diet and no evidence that saturated fat increases the risk of heart disease or stroke.
Conversely although there is no proven connection, it is now feared that the low fat diet has helped cause the obesity and diabetes epidemic in the United States. So are we doing more harm than good in adhering to strict low fat diets? Quiet possibly according to the latest research.
The fats that are important to avoid are not saturated fats, but rather trans-fats – look out for them on food labels – they have been highly chemically processed, chasing their composition and making them toxic to the human body.
High cholesterol foods which are super healthy, nutritious & great to include in your diet:
Cheese, butter, eggs, sardines, shellfish, liver, kidney and cod liver oil. Embrace and enjoy with the conviction that they are good for you!