An analysis by the UK’s Telegraph has found that many food and drink products marketed as “low fat” contain sugar levels which some leading campaigners and scientists warn are too high (surprise, surprise!)…
Dr. Dwight Lundell has dished the dirt on ‘what really causes heart disease’ and he admits prescribing cholesterol-lowering medications, and a low-fat, high-simple carbohydrate diet for two-and-a-half decades was misguided.
‘These recommendations are no longer scientifically or morally defensible,’ he writes in an essay, that has been posted on some 250,000 Facebook pages since it appeared on a website called Tuned Body in December.
This idea may not seem all that revolutionary, but hearing Lundell’s vivid imagery about what exactly processed foods actually do to the body would put anyone off their Twinkie.
He explains that this once ‘healthy’ diet actively destroys the walls of our blood vessels by causing chronic inflammation. This inflammation makes cholesterol stick to the walls, forming the plaques that eventually block them, resulting in a heart attack or stroke.
‘When you spike your blood sugar level several times a day, every day, it is exactly like taking sandpaper to the inside of your delicate blood vessels,’ he writes.
The former cardiac surgeon, who says he’s ‘peered inside thousands upon thousands of arteries’ slams refined carbohydrates as well as the proportion of omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acids in the Western diet.
He said the heavy load of omega-6 acids vs omega-3 in corn and soybean oils – about 15:1 when it should be 3:1 – are too much for the body to process.
But he insists there’s a silver bullet, and it’s not all that surprising.
‘There is but one answer to quieting inflammation and that is returning to foods closer to their natural state,’ Lundell writes.
Don’t eat anything your grandmother wouldn’t recognize as food, eat plenty of fruits and vegetables, and lean protein, he recommends.
He says don’t stress about saturated fats but make sure it’s olive oil, grass-fed meat or full fat dairy that you’re choosing over high-omega-6 processed foods…
Heart of the Matter Part 1 – Dietary Villains
Heart of the Matter Part 2 – Cholesterol Drug War
Here’s what the reporter Dr Maryanne Demasi says about he programme…
For decades we’ve been told that fat clogs your arteries and that high cholesterol causes heart disease. The food industry has complied with the messages of our peak health authorities and it has spawned a huge range of ‘fat free’ and ‘cholesterol free’ products that dominate our supermarket shelves.
Over the last 2 to 3 years, I have interviewed at least a hundred experts and patients worldwide about their views on diet, heart disease and medications to lower cholesterol.
It became obvious that there was a growing scepticism about the advice we have been given – with many saying that the links between cholesterol, saturated fat and heart disease haven’t been grounded in good science.
Through a mixture of politics, personality struggles and self preservation, we have put too much focus on saturated fat and cholesterol – which has led to millions of people believing that low fat diets and medication to lower cholesterol is the best treatment for heart disease.
In the first episode of this two part edition of Catalyst, I investigate the science behind the long established view that saturated fat causes heart disease by raising cholesterol.
In the second episode, I cut through the hype surrounding cholesterol lowering drugs and reveal the tactics used by Big Pharma to make the drugs to lower cholesterol appear more effective than they seem to be.
In Heart of the Matter, I investigate whether the role of saturated fat and cholesterol in heart disease is one of the biggest myths in medical history.