AHA Says Eat Margarine and Fake Eggs
What does the American Heart Association recommend to people with high cholesterol and high triglycerides?
The American Heart Association gives poor dietary advice:
- Instead of butter, eat margarine.
- Instead of eggs, eat egg substitutes.
- Enjoy the following snacks: Fat-free or low-fat cookies, crackers, low-fat potato chips; baked goods, such as cookies, cakes and pies, and pie crusts made with unsaturated oil or soft margarines, egg whites or egg substitutes, and fat-free milk. AHA recommends eating pudding made with fat-free or low-fat milk.
The American Heart Association says that the “bad” fats are saturated fats and trans fats, yet their recipes and food recommendations contain ingredients with trans fats.
The AHA recipe called “Modern Tuna-Pasta Casserole” has pasta, low-sodium crackers, and low-fat cream of chicken soup. Interesting that Campbell’s (one of AHA’s partners) happens to make this soup and it has Monosodium glutamate and vegetable oils. We can only guess – GMO soy?
This soup contains Enzyme Modified Butter. This is not butter.
This is a product resulting from the chemical redesign of milk fat.
Eating a serving of Modern Tuna Casserole will be highly inflammatory.
Campbell’s pledged over $5 Million to support the “Go Red for Women” campaign. Is anybody taking a serious look at the ingredients in Campbell’s products and the other processed foods recommended by the American Heart Association?
The recommendation to choose margarine over butter and Egg Beaters over real eggs is absurd.
Heart disease was relatively unknown 100 years ago – people enjoyed butter and real eggs from pasture raised animals.
The problem is the factory food, the sugar and a diet based on 10+ servings of bread, pasta, cereal and grains. These foods cause inflammation and high insulin levels. These are the triggers for cholesterol and oxidizing LDL.
Heart surgeon, Dr. Dwight Lundell says,
“Cholesterol does not cause heart disease–inflammation in the arteries does. What is inflammation and where is it coming from? The answer to that question is both tragic and sad. The very dietary recommendations born of the cholesterol theory of no-fat and low fat foods cause inflammation. Polyunsaturated Omega-6 oils; packaged and processed foods created for shelf life and not long life; sugars and simple carbohydrates create inflammation. This is the cause of an epidemic of heart disease, obesity and other chronic illnesses.”
No Connection Between Eating Eggs and Heart Disease
In 2008, and earlier, researchers found no association between eating eggs and heart disease.
American Journal of Clinical Nutrition Vol. 87, No. 4, 964-969, April 2008
What’s it all about? Why does our body make cholesterol?
Cholesterol is essential for life.
The body uses cholesterol to make
- hormones (like your sex hormones)
- vitamin D
- bile acids for proper digestion
Your cell membranes are made of cholesterol.
Can cholesterol levels be too low?
We’ve known this for quite some time.
Vivian Mitropoulou, Ph.D., Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York, studies cholesterol levels and personality disorders.
It appears that taking cholesterol-lowering medication is connected with an increased rate of death from unusual causes, unrelated to heart disease. As Mitropoulou says, “A lot of them (those taking cholesterol lowering medications) seemed to be smashing their cars into bridges and doing all sorts of impulsive and violent things.”
Low Cholesterol Changes the Way the Brain Functions
Having low cholesterol changes the way brain cells function, leading to depression according to several studies.
Here’s the cutting edge thinking.
It doesn’t matter how high your total cholesterol level is, what matters more are components.
Managing health by looking at the total cholesterol is “dinosaur medicine” according to Stephen Sinatra, MD and cardiologist. There are different types of cholesterol, some are good, some are not good. This goes way beyond simply measuring HDL and LDL.
There is testing available to identify the components of cholesterol and many doctors are not using this testing.
The VAP test reports 22 different components of cholesterol. This test can identify hidden heart disease risks.
One of these 22 components is ApoB. It is said to be a better risk predictor for coronary heart disease than measuring LDL and total cholesterol.
Another component is called Lp (a) and it is a marker associated with increased risk of atherosclerosis.
There is a general lack of awareness about cholesterol and the components.
You can be your own advocate by learning and sharing information with your doctor.
On my podcast 9/27/11, I interviewed Chief Medical Officer of Atherotech, where the VAP was developed.
Listen here (or on iTunes) to learn more about the VAP test and how we can help bring this technology to our doctors.
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