Strangely, many people feel that foods that contain cholesterol: such as butter, red meat, and eggs, will contribute to high cholesterol levels if consumed.  It’s strange, because even in the infancy of the “beware of high cholesterol levels” craze, no one ever accused dietary cholesterol of raising blood cholesterol levels.

No one accused dietary cholesterol of this because dietary cholesterol does not do this.  Even Ancel Keys, virtually the sole creator of the anti-cholesterol era, knew quite well that dietary cholesterol did not influence blood cholesterol levels.

The message that cholesterol was bad, but that you could eat all the cholesterol you wanted; however, was obviously too confusing.  Still to this day, even the most astute medical professionals still believe, like the general public, that there is good reason to avoid cholesterol – that dietary cholesterol is dangerous.  “Eat egg whites, but not the yolk.”

The fact that the majority believes this, even amongst the educated elite, should be quite eye-opening to you.  It’s a great example of how everyone can come to assume something to be unquestionably true that has no basis in reality and never did.  This is but one example, and of course my research is dedicated to deleting assumptions and finding the real truth, and the mythology surrounding dietary cholesterol is just one drop in an enormous bucket.

In fact, if you ate nothing but eggs, the richest source of dietary cholesterol, your cholesterol levels would likely plummet, as doing so would deactivate a liver enzyme known as HMG co-a reductase.  This is the very enzyme targeted by cholesterol-lowering statin drugs, except eating only eggs would probably perform better at dropping cholesterol levels than any prescription drug.  Not that you should eat only eggs, or that dropping your cholesterol levels is desirable (lowering blood cholesterol levels is associated with increased mortality, aka death), but you could nonetheless, because dietary cholesterol is meaningless in terms of disease risk and serum cholesterol levels.

Confused yet?  Y’all come on in and we’ll get it all sorted out.  It’s not all that complicated, just different than the flawed information, built on weak correlations and outdated assumptions, that we’ve received such a heavy helping of.  Welcome to www.180degreehealth.com.