By pronouncing the word cholesterol, many people cringe. For them, cholesterol is directly related to health problems such as high blood pressure and coronary heart disease.
Uffe Ravnskov’s book “The Myths of Cholesterol” exposes the damage caused by cholesterol. Indeed, the latter is one of the main causes of heart disease. According to Ravnskov, several award-winning researchers and former doctors categorically deny the link that can exist between cholesterol and other health problems. For him, everything is relative to the content of our plates.
Nowadays, many people are obsessed with food myths. This is exactly what drives them to change diets frequently and unnecessarily. In this book, Ravnskov demystifies the myth of cholesterol and addresses several topics. For example: Why should we stop extracting egg yolk from each omelet preparation?
What is cholesterol?
First and foremost, it is necessary to explain what cholesterol is and what it causes.
Cholesterol is a food component found only in animal products. On the other hand, it is totally absent in fruits and vegetables. It is often found in egg yolks, butter, cooking oil and other foods that contain saturated fat.
Blood cholesterol levels come mainly from the processing of nutrients, as well as ingestion of food products that contain them. Each cell contains cholesterol and is abundant in living tissue.
You will see below that cholesterol impacts the human body in different ways. It goes from the brain to the bones, through the hormones and other parts of the body.
It is important to keep in mind that foods that contain saturated fats are often high in calories. And it is these foods, says the author, that are bad for health and not cholesterol.
According to the book, several misconceptions are prevalent about cholesterol consumption. It is often said that the increase in atherosclerosis can lead to coronary heart disease.
Some studies have shown that people with low and high cholesterol can both deal with atherosclerosis.
Another point, the anti-cholesterol specialists have cited as argument the drop in blood pressure during the reduction of animal fat in the body. This is possible, but it only happens in a small percentage (usually 4%). When you minimize the consumption of caloric products, which are high in cholesterol, you are actually only increasing its rate. Why ? Well, because the body needs it. If he does not find any, he produces some. It’s as simple as that.
The diets of most African tribes, such as Samburu tribes and Somali herdsmen, are generous in saturated fats. Despite this, their cholesterol levels remain stable and healthy.
In his book, the author claims that heart attacks have no concrete links with cholesterol. Indeed, the studies carried out during the previous century could not establish any solid link.
Most people who have had a heart attack had a diet similar to that of the population in terms of cholesterol consumption. Which does not help for scientific studies.
According to the same source, any theory that promotes a low-fat diet and qualifies it as better is false. A perspective today outdated and completely wrong.
More than half a century ago, a study of rabbits (instead of humans) concluded that people should avoid fats in their diet. Since then, several studies have been chained. All have a common fault: fallibility of the result.
What is cholesterol for health?
In his book, the author states that with or without cholesterol, death is inevitable. Cholesterol is a key driver in many functions of the body. It is mainly used to:
-Keep the bones healthy
-to ensure the proper functioning of the brain and liver;
-encourage nerve function.
How important is it?
Cholesterol is also a steroid, it allows the production of hormones and muscle building as well as a regeneration of sex hormones and adrenals.
The benefits below are the result of hormone production:
-Anti-inflammatory properties that prevent hyper immune function;
-control of sodium and potassium with electrolytes;
-an increase in libido during aging, as well as anti-aging effects;
-Healthy and robust bone density
-regulation of calcium in the blood using vitamin D;
-regular menstrual cycles;
-a toned memory.
One question remains. If cholesterol is not so bad, why do these myths persist?
This is obviously not an easy question. Some blame the pharmaceutical industry and its inability to stop the production of anti-cholesterol drugs. Moreover, these are the major cause of memory loss and limited sexual function.
The effect of people who have been on cholesterol may also explain the extent and persistence of this myth.
The American Hearth Association reacted on its website by publishing an article stating clearly that “cholesterol is not a bad thing for the body”, that it is only a substance produced by the body for its own sake. and only purpose to keep us healthy.
The association, however, emphasizes the risks that can be generated by excess cholesterol.
Now you know why you have to keep the egg yolks. Their nutritional benefits will be useful to you. As long as you keep the calories you need and adopt a hygienic lifestyle, be sure to be healthy.