Does Cholesterol Cause Heart Disease?

After posting the article on apples and statins, I decided to do some more research and came up with this!

Does Cholesterol Causes Heart Disease?

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The Cholesterol Myth

by Raymond Francis

Cholesterol does not cause heart disease.

The French have the highest average cholesterol in Europe, around 250, but the lowest incidence of heart disease and half the heart attacks we have here in the U.S.

In Crete, the home of the healthy Mediterranean diet, a 10-year study failed to find a single heart attack despite average cholesterol levels well over 200.

There are as many heart attacks in people with cholesterol levels over 300 as those whose levels are under 200. Half of all heart attacks occur in people with normal cholesterol levels.

Lowering cholesterol does not improve health outcomes.

In those cases where cholesterol-lowering drugs called statins appear to have had a beneficial effect, it is because they act as weak anti-inflammatories, and inflammation does cause heart disease.

But there are much safer and more effective ways of addressing inflammation than using dangerous statin drugs.

Why then are more than 20 million Americans taking a statin drug to lower their cholesterol?

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The Reasons People Are Hungry & Gain Weight After Eating Fatty Food

Why Are You So Hungry After Eating Greasy And Fatty Food?


According to recent research in the Journal of Clinical Investigation, greasy and fatty food can increase your appetite for many days afterwards.

Maybe that could explain the number of fast fatty food addicts who are obese ?!

Our Ancestors And Meat

The research findings which appear to explain why you feel extra hungry after a weekend of eating pizza, burgers and cheesy fries, and it hearken back to a time when our ancestors gorged on fatty food, such as meat, whenever it became available, because they didn’t know when their next successful hunt would provide more food.

How The Studies Were Conducted

In the study, researchers gave two types of fat to mice in addition to their regular diets.
One was palmitic acid, a saturated fat found in beef, butter, cheese and palm oil.
The other, oleic acid, which is a healthier fat common in found in olive oil, fish, nuts and soybeans.

After just three days the brains of the mice being given palmitic acid became resistant to the appetite-suppressing hormones leptin and insulin.

The mice being given oleic acid did not react in the same way.

And How About Humans?

Similar research on humans work suggests that the same holds true for them too.

Author Deborah Clegg, Ph.D., R.D., at the University of Texas Southwest Medical Center in Dallas recommends.

  • Do your best to resume a healthy diet after a weekend binge.
  • Start meals with salads instead of bread.
  • Replace alcoholic beverages with water.
  • And eat more slowly by putting your fork down between bites: it normally takes about 20 minutes for your body to register fullness.

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