We've all heard the dietary guidelines that warned us that eating cholesterol-rich foods such as eggs, avocado, bacon, bone broths and meat would raise your LDL cholesterol (inappropriately referred to as "bad" cholesterol) and promote heart disease. Several decades worth of research has failed to demonstrate this correlation, and the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans finally addressed this scientific shortcoming, announcing "cholesterol is not considered a nutrient of concern for overconsumption."
Dietary cholesterol plays an important role in brain health and memory formation, and is indispensable for the building of cells and the production of stress and sex hormones, as well as vitamin D. (When sunlight strikes your bare skin, the cholesterol in your skin is converted into vitamin D.)
Unfortunately, updated dietary guidelines still cling to outdated misinformation about saturated fats, wrongly accusing it of raising LDL and contributing to heart disease. Here, science has shown that saturated fat only raises the safe, fluffy LDL particles. It also increases HDL, which is beneficial for your heart.
The guidelines became and are still confusing because the basic premise was wrong. Dietary fat is indeed associated with heart disease, but it's the processed vegetable oils, which are loaded with trans fats and oxidized omega-6 fats, that are the problem, not saturated fats.
- A 40-year-old previously unpublished trial shows that while replacing saturated fat with vegetable oil lowered total cholesterol by 14 percent, for every 30 point drop in total cholesterol there was a 22 percent increased chance of death
- Many other trials have also found that replacing saturated fats with vegetable oils increase mortality risk from all causes, including coronary heart disease and cardiovascular disease
- Processed vegetable oils contribute to devastating attacks to your health and attacks your brain in several ways, thereby contributing to and worsening neurologic disorders
In short, stick with the healthy fats. An increasing and growing mountain of research is showing that the lack of healthy fats are associated with neurological issues, with inflammation, with diabetes type 3 (linked to dementia and alzheimers) and general well-being.
Bone broths such as Best of the Bone are full of essential fatty acids including omega 3 and 6. As well as healthy fats that are a critical element to ensuring full absorption of numerous fat soluble nutrients, such as vitamin D.
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