Posts Tagged ‘heart health’

“CHOLESTEROL”- STAY COOL

So yes I am back to blogging after quiet a long break since my Fitness centre work  and my Personal Fitness Trainer certification course kept me really occupied. Yes, I passed out with Distinction and now I am a K11 Fitness Academy certified Personal Trainer as well 🙂

Coming to the point.It makes me feel disgusted to see that even today  nutritionists and dietitians are talking the same old language. I mean, in this age of  technology where we have access to most of the scientific researches being done we have all the chances of upgrading our knowledge, but myths are still seen to be followed blindly.  I am here to burst the most hyped myth related to “CHOLESTEROL” which is “HIGH CHOLESTEROL CAUSES HEART DISEASE”.

“No diet will remove all the FAT from your body because the BRAIN is ENTIRELY FAT. Without a brain you might look good but all you could do is run for public office”

– George Bernard Shaw

In India today almost every other household has at least 1 person taking Statin medications for their “High cholesterol”.

It’s time we understand the “BIG CHOLESTEROL MYTH” and understand the “TRUTH” about cholesterol and its importance.

In April 2015 the USDA reversed their 30 year long stand on cholesterol. – mention since we follow western countries on food choices more than sticking to our roots

Dr. David Perlmutter says in his book “Grain Brain” that we are increasingly challenging our physiology by consuming ingredients for which we are not genetically prepared”. Whenever we are diagnosed with any kind of DIS-EASE we are never asked to stop eating packaged foods which contain bijilion artificial ingredients which are foreign to our body. For ex. A person diagnosed with high cholesterol is immediately put off all kinds of FAT including the natural ones like the famous “Egg YOLK” but are not asked to 1st stop eating “BISCUITS” infect 90% of the time “1 cup tea/coffee + 2 marie biscuit” is part of the diet plan suggested.

Cholesterol is one of the “most misunderstood” molecule. According to Dr. John Abramson, the professor of medicine at Harvard University, cholesterol is not even considered to be high risk in and of itself and cholesterol is vital to many of the body’s important functions. Cholesterol is an integral part of the cell membrane. It is also the “Parent” molecule of some of the body’s most important compounds including sex hormones and vitamin D (J.Bowden, pp 12). It is proven that vast majority of the cholesterol is made in our body by the liver and if we get more cholesterol from the diet the liver makes less of it and vice versa. We need cholesterol. Dr. Jonny Bowden, clearly states in his book, 150 Healthiest Foods on Earth that “Dietary cholesterol (the kind found in egg yolk) has minimal impact on serum cholesterol (the kind your doctor checks through blood test)” – (J.Bowden, pp 12).

Read more on egg yolk here- https://radhinaturalhealth.wordpress.com/2013/02/19/eggs-yet-another-victim-of-nutritional-myths/

Few points by Dr. Jonny Bowden in his talk on his book “The Great Cholesterol Myth”

  1. “High cholesterol and heart disease are not the same thing”
  2. “Cholesterol does not cause heart disease and not even a good predictor of it”.

Dr. David Perlmutter also states that cholesterol is one of the most important player in maintaining your brain health and function. He states that high levels of the good kind of dietary fat (not the trans fats), have been proven to be the key to good health and peak brain function. (D. Perlmutter, Grain Brain).

As Dr. Jonny Bowden stated on the Dr. Oz Show: “Trying to prevent heart disease by lowering cholesterol is like trying to reduce calories by taking the lettuce off your double cheeseburger. It’s not that the lettuce doesn’t have any calories – it’s that lettuce is the wrong target.”

He also states than in trying to prevent heart disease ,cholesterol is the wrong target to investigate. Dr. Bowden says “We fervently believe that neither cholesterol nor fat is the major villain in the American diet – sugar is.” I would like to add that this is true for our Indian diet as well. We are predominantly eating carbs, sugars. The types and amount of biscuits, cakes, pastries (based on foreign diet) + indian sweets to add to these, today we are at par with if not crossing “the american diet”.

Ok coming back to cholesterol, if not cholesterol, what should we be paying attention to? you may ask.

Pay attention to these 4:-

According to Dr. Jonny Bowden They are so insidious and so systemic that he named them “The Four Horsemen of Aging.”

They are:

  • Inflammation
  • Oxidation
  • Sugar
  • Stress

“Inflammation, oxidation, sugar and stress will kill you. Cholesterol won’t”.

– Dr. Jonny Bowden

There is a lot more to discuss on the topic of cholesterol (HDL,LDL cholesterol and their impact) which is beyond the scope of mentioning in this 1 write up so i have given you some useful links and you can further read the mentioned books for detailed info.

I can go on and on about the goods of cholesterol but for now it is important that the one “Greatest” myth about cholesterol is well understood and i do not mean to bore you either ;P but, if any of your are further interested in reading more research studies you may go thru this article published in The Telegraph.co.uk on 13th June 2016 http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2016/06/12/high-cholesterol-does-not-cause-heart-disease-new-research-finds/

Stay tuned for a better understanding on the above four “Horsemen of Aging” 🙂

 

** The above information is for educational purposes only. Consult your doctor for specific medical advice, diagnosis and treatment. **

 

Reference:-

Bowden,J, Ph.D.,C.N.S(2007). The 150 Healthiest foods on earth. Pp:74-75 Beverly,M. A: Fair Winds Press.

Perlmutter,D. MD., Loberg, K (2014).Grain Brain. The Surprising Truth About wheat, carbs, and sugar – Your brain’s silent killers.Yellow Kite Books, London, UK.

 

 

 

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“NUTS” over “PEANUTS”??????

peanuts-and-peanut-butter

OK!!!! First of all sorry for being away from my blog for a long time. It has been very hectic past 6 months but now i am back on track and will definitely try to get you good articles every month 🙂

SOOOOOO !!!!! Here we go again. We all know that majority of Indian regions are home to peanuts/groundnuts. They are local,nutritious and our traditional/ancestral diet was based on peanut/groundnut oil and roasted/boiled peanuts. Yet, today we fear them thinking about their fat and cholesterol content. Everyone  is running behind the BIG “OLIVE OIL” and “COOKING OLIVE OIL” (read my article on olive oil on this blog), Safflower oil, Sunflower oil, Rice bran oil and X Y Z that’s advertised by media. Who really knows about “Filtered groundnut oil”??? Yes, FILTERED. Well this is again a topic of discussion but i will leave it out of this one for now.

Thyroid patients are asked not to eat peanuts. I don’t know why they are never advised on not eating BISCUITS, CHIPS and other packaged foods???? Peanuts once cooked do not have any adverse effect on Thyroid.

Anyways coming to the point, lets see how amazing PEANUTS are for us and there is absolutely no need to avoid them.

Peanuts are actually not NUTS. They belong to the Legume family like the peas and beans (kidney beans,Lima beans etc), but their nutritional properties resemble nuts and they look like nuts hence we consider them as nuts.

  • A study done at the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences found that “peanuts rivaled many fruits for their antioxidant content.” Peanuts rank as high as strawberries in their antioxidant content. Another study was done by researchers at the Purdue University to check the “impact of peanut consumption on total diet quality”  and it was found that “including peanuts in the diet significantly increased magnesium, folate, fiber, copper, vitamin E, and arginine consumption.” All of these micro nutrients play an important role in the prevention of heart disease (J. Bowden, PP 153-154).
  • Peanuts are also high in NIACIN. This is a B vitamin which plays an important role in keeping the nerves, skin and digestive system healthy.
  • THE FAT JAZZ- The fat in peanuts is “MONOUNSATURATED” – the same like Olive oil & Mediterranean diet. And i am sure all of you have read/heard ample of research studies on Mediterranean diet and olive oil being associated with lower levels of heart disease, cancer and longer lifespan. You read about it/ hear about it and then spend mindlessly on such diets and olive oil, not even once trying to find out how good our local food is.
  • University of Florida research also found that peanuts have a high concentration of a polyphenol called “p-coumaric acid“.  A research paper in American Journal of physiology-cell physiology showed the powerful antioxidant effect of p-coumaric acid when used in rats. In this study the p-coumaric acid significantly inhibited the oxidation of bad (LDL) cholesterol in rats. Research has shown that “ROASTING” the peanuts increases the levels of p-coumaric acid in it, thus boosting the overall antioxidant content by as much as 22 percent(J.Bowden, pp 154). That’s why my diet plan suggests “ROASTED” peanuts 🙂

CAUTION: Agreed peanuts are awesome but don’t hog on that market bought peanut butter. Regular “grocery store” brands of peanut butter are loaded with sugar and trans fats. Read the label to find sugar and “Partially Hydrogenated oils” – Trans fats.  Either make your own peanut butter at home (plenty of healthy recipes online) or buy the one that states “Natural” on the label and does not have sugar and partially hydrogenated oils in the ingredient list.

STOP degrading our local, seasonal and natural foods and start to include them in your daily diets. THEY R NOT MAKING YOU FAT. YOUR WRONG FOOD CHOICES, STRESSFUL ENVIRONMENT AND WRONG LIFESTYLE IS.

 

Reference:

1.  Bowden, J, Ph.D., C.N.S, (2007). The 150 Healthiest Foods on Earth,Beverly,M.A.: Fair Winds Press.