Cholesterol is one of the main health concerns of modern times. Doctors routinely order cholesterol screenings for both children and adults. Being told your cholesterol is high can cause one concern. Dietary recommendations are often given, often accompanied by a script for cholesterol-lowering medications (known as statins).
But according to recent studies including a Finish study published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, reducing dietary cholesterol does not lower the risk of heart disease. Conversely, eating high-cholesterol food does not increase risk of heart disease either. Watch this video:
Like dietary fats, cholesterol has been so demonized that many do not even realize that we actually need it to live and to be healthy. Of the two types of cholesterol, HDL and LDL, the one we should worry about is LDL, bad cholesterol. HDL is good cholesterol. An easy way to distinguish the two is L for “lousy” in LDL and H for “healthy” in HDL.
In fact, most of the cholesterol in your system does not even come from the food you eat. It is made by your body, something that is hereditary.
Does this mean that you can now gouge on those eggs and bacon? Well, moderation is almost always a good thing. As for me, I stopped wasting egg yolks many years ago and will continue to eat whole eggs and getting the full benefit from all the protein, vitamins, minerals and more that they provide. Plus an occasional steak (mmm…).
Being that cholesterol medications are often recommended for individuals who are healthy in all other respects, there a conspiracy of sorts suggesting that it may be a way to market the drugs.