Did you know cholesterol is not a fat? It’s actually a protein made by your liver—and it’s necessary for proper hormone and cell production in a healthy body.
This surprising video, featuring nutrition expert Dr. Ron Rosedale, sheds light on cholesterol myths we’ve all been fed since the 1950s. While there are “good” and “bad” fats, and the former are essential for health — as discussed in an earlier post titled ‘Good Fats Don’t Make You Fat, and They Don’t Cause Heart Disease’ — the “good cholesterol” vs. “bad cholesterol” story is a myth.
According to Dr. Joseph Mercola, there is a growing body of research indicating that fat has been falsely vilified for the past 60 years. Depending on what Dr. Mercola calls your “Nutrition Type,” healthy fats should be a moderate to major part of your diet.
With it’s high percentage of Medium-Chain Fatty Acids (MCFA’s), that can be used directly as energy by our body and brain, dietary coconut oil is being used to successfully treat neurological conditions ranging from Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s to epilepsy.
This makes sense since using fat as fuel is probably the way we evolved. We did not evolve eating sugar or grains and we did not eat 12-16 hours/day, 365 days a year as many of us do now. To do that is to be glucose/glycogen-adapated (most modern humans are), not fat-adapted. This way of eating results in insulin spikes and crashes, which is correlated with inflammation and a whole host of related issues like free radicals, heart disease, cancer, dementia, etc.
The bottom line, well explained in the video above, is that the evils of cholesterol (and the benefits of cholesterol-fighting drugs) are being greatly exaggerated while much more important nutritional factors are being overlooked.