The 2015 U.S. Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee has recently determined that dietary cholesterol is “not a nutrient of concern.” This boils down to a reversal of low-fat recommendations made for over three decades!
What matters most is the type of fat you eat, not how much fat you eat.
So, if fat isn’t the main issue, what is? How do we effectively reduce our risk for heart attack?
Our problem is sugar.
Research appears to indicate that sugar and refined carbs are to blame, contributing most to diabetes, heart disease, and more.
Ingested sugar converts to abnormal blood cholesterol and belly fat, especially high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS). The substance is found in most processed foods.
So, what’s the big deal about total cholesterol and LDL cholesterol, if they aren’t the primary cause of heart attacks? Statins.The number-one best-selling class of drugs. Statins are been shown to keep low LDL, which doctors believed prevented heart disease. Unfortunately, these drugs often do more harm than good, even increasing risk of diabetes by about 50 percent.
There are much better ways to optimize LDLs and improve your overall health:
- Get the right cholesterol tests. You need a particle size test. Other cholesterol tests are outdated.
- Check for metabolic syndrome or diabesity. Ask your doctor to check your hemoglobin A1C, which measures blood sugar over the previous six weeks.
- Eat a healthy diet with healthy fats. Good fats include avocado, coconut oil, extra-virgin olive oil, wild-caught fish, seeds and more.
- Eat a low-glycemic load diet. Center your diet on high-fiber, plant-based foods, omega-3 fats, non-starchy veggies, and grass-fed animal protein.
- Exercise regularly. Research indicates that regular exercise helps to maintain your best cholesterol levels.
- Obtain quality sleep.
- Take appropriate supplements. Include the following:
- A multivitamin
- Fish oil or EPA/DHA
- Vitamin D3
- Glucomannan or PGX
- Red rice yeast
- Low-dose statins (only if you’ve specific risk factors and are monitored carefully)
Read the full article here: 7 Ways to Optimize Cholesterol