In the space of two days I was asked by two different people why I promote butter and coconut oil. Both are saturated fats which, if you believe what you read in the printed press, GP surgeries and TV, is the food of the Devil and you will die a horrible death if you dare to even have them in your kitchen.
The hypothesis that permeates our media is that eating foods high in saturated fat will cause a rise in your cholesterol. This high cholesterol will eventually cause a blockage in your arteries and you are at a much higher risk of heart attack or stroke. This is not the case.
Cholesterol is a vital part of our make up. Without it in our cell walls we would be slug like and floppy! Our cells are making cholesterol all the time, so ask yourself why would you want to reduce a substance that the body makes naturally? Why does each cell churn out cholesterol almost constantly?
- For the structure of the cell membrane
- 25% of all the body’s cholesterol is used in the brain for function and memory.
- Nerve function
- Hormone production
- Sex hormone production (research in 2007 showed eating full fat dairy cured infertility in women and that the most fertile women were those eating high fat foods and dairy)
- Bile is made from cholesterol. Bile is essential for digesting and absorbing fats and fat-soluble vitamins. These vitamins are essential to life, they are A, D, E and K.
- The action of sunlight on the cholesterol in our unprotected skin makes vitamin D. A vital vitamin for the prevention of all manner of diseases like diabetes, heart disease, auto-immune disease, rickets, high blood pressure, poor immunity, chronic pain plus many more. (The scaremongering of the dangers of sun light is also causing huge health problems like the return of childhood rickets in London boroughs.)
Finally for now, consider why we would need to reduce a substance that we make naturally and also why is 95% of our bile recycled by the body rather than excreted? Because the main components of bile are cholesterol and the body doesn’t want to waste what it has spent a lot of energy producing — it’s that vital!
We need cholesterol. If your levels are low naturally or through medication you are going to be prone to:
- memory loss
- poor immunity
- poor digestion
So why do some of us have higher levels than others?
Because cholesterol is the body’s natural healer. It is sent to a site of infection, inflammation, damage or disease and so people with higher levels are suffering with some other problem elsewhere. If your cholesterol level is high, it’s because something is wrong somewhere else in the body. Don’t shoot the messenger! Find the reason why cholesterol is being produced at a higher rate. Then address that!
One final point here on cholesterol. Our bodies make about 85% of the cholesterol we need. If we don’t consume enough we make more with raw materials (carbohydrates, proteins and fats) but if you ate a lot of cholesterol rich foods, the body would just produce less. We mustn’t forget how clever our bodies are! It has been shown in research that cholesterol from food will not effect the cholesterol in your blood.
So enjoy your butter, coconut oil, lard and goose fat. Guilt free. They are nature’s health foods!
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