So whilst the medical community blame poor old cholesterol as the cause of heart disease, the real culprit walks the streets a free man.
The actual cause of heart disease is not animal fats and cholesterol, it is due to:
- Excess consumption of vegetable oils
- Hydrogenated fats
- Excess consumption of refined carbohydrates, such as sugar and white flour
- Vitamin and mineral deficiencies
- Low levels of magnesium and iodine
- A lack of anti-microbial fats such as animal fats and tropical oils, especially coconut oil.
Whilst high levels of cholesterol are not a good indication of future heart disease, a high level of a substance called homocysteine is. Homocysteine has been correlated with pathological build up of plaque in the arteries and the tendency to form clots which is a deadly combination.
Nutrients that lower homocysteine levels are folic acid, vitamins B6 and B12 and choline which are found mostly in animal foods.
Tune in for the final post, when I will explain what practical steps you can take to prevent heart disease…