In pronouncing the word cholesterol, many people cringe. For them, cholesterol is directly linked to health problems such as high blood pressure and coronary heart disease.
In the book entitled “The Cholesterol Myths” Uffe Ravnskov exposes the damage caused by cholesterol. Indeed, it is one of the main causes of heart disease. According Ravnskov, and several award-winning former doctors and researchers categorically deny the possible link between cholesterol and other health problems.
Nowadays, many people are obsessed with food myths. It is exactly this that leads to regime change frequently and unnecessarily. Ravnskov in this book demystifies cholesterol myths and addresses several topics. For example: Why should we stop extracting the egg yolk from the white when preparing omelette.
What is cholesterol?
First and foremost, it is necessary to explain what cholesterol is and what it entails.
Cholesterol is a food component that is found only in animal products. However, it is completely absent in fruits and vegetables. Often found in egg yolks, butter, cooking oil and other foods that contain saturated fat.
The blood cholesterol comes mainly from nutrient processing and ingestion of food containing it. Each cell contains cholesterol and is abundant in living tissue.
You will see below that the cholesterol in different ways impact the human body. This goes from the brain via hormones to bones and other body parts.
It is important to keep in mind that foods that contain saturated fats are often high in calories. And these are the foods there, says the authors, which are bad for health, not the cholesterol.
The cholesterol myths
According to the book, several misconceptions have been spread about the consumption of cholesterol. It is often said that the increase of atherosclerosis can lead to coronary heart disease.
Some studies have found that people with low and high cholesterol can, both, face atherosclerosis.
Another point, the anti-cholesterol experts cited argument for the reduction of blood pressure when reducing animal fats in the body. It is possible, but this only occurs in a small percentage (usually in about 4% of the patients). When you minimize the consumption of products high in cholesterol, you’re actually increasing the level. Why? Well, because the body needs it. It starts producing if it can’t find it in the product. It’s as simple as that.
The diets of most African tribes, such as the Samburu tribes and Somali shepherds, are generous in saturated fat. Despite this, their cholesterol remains stable and healthy.
In his book, the author claims that heart attacks have no concrete links with cholesterol. Indeed, studies in the past century have not been able to establish any solid link.
People who are victims of heart attack had, for the most part, a similar power to that of the population in terms of cholesterol intake.
According to the same source, any theory that promotes a low-fat diet and the best qualified is false. Optical outdated and completely erroneous today.
There are over half a century, a study on rabbits (instead of humans) concludes that people should avoid fats in their diet. Since then, several studies have chained. All have a common flaw: fallibility of the result.
What is the effect of the cholesterol to the health?
In his book, the author states that with or without cholesterol, death is inevitable. Cholesterol is a key driver in many body functions. It is primarily used to:
Maintains healthy bones
Ensures the proper functioning of the brain and liver
Promotes nerve function
Why is it important?
Cholesterol is a steroid; it allows the production of hormones and building the muscles as well as a regeneration of the sex and adrenal hormones.
The following are the advantages that are the result of hormone production:
Anti-inflammatory properties that prevent hyper immune function
Sodium and potassium control the one with electrolytes
Increased libido and anti-aging effects
Healthy and robust bone density
Regulation of blood calcium with vitamin D
Regular menstrual cycles
One question remains. If cholesterol is not as bad, why these myths persist?
This is obviously not an easy question. Some accuse the pharmaceutical industry and its inability to stop the production of cholesterol medications. Besides, these are the major cause of memory loss and limited sexual function.
The effect felt by people that have been subjected to a cholesterol-lowering treatment may also explain the extent and persistence of this myth.
The American Heart Association published an article on their website by clearly stating that “cholesterol is not bad for the body,” it is only a substance produced by the body for only and only goal to keep us healthy.
The association is, however, focused on the risks that excess cholesterol may generate.
Now you know why you have to keep the egg yolks. Their nutritional benefits are handy. As long as you keep the calories you need and that you are adopting a hygienic lifestyle, be sure that you will be in good health.