Do This One Thing Today to Protect Your Heart
Dr. John Briffa's first post as contributing editor for The Cholesterol Truth, certainly provoked a lot of reaction from our readers. Apart from the many emails we've received, some of you also commented on his post, like this comment posted from a reader called Olivia:
â¬ËI am always interested to read what you have to say about statins. Let me hasten to say that my husband and I are very much part of the anti statin camp.
My husband had a heart attack and emergency by pass at 42 years old and was put on what I believe was an early form of statin called bezalip, then later he was put on Lipitor which he took for several years in ever increasing doses and of course displayed all the classic side effects, memory loss, muscle pain and weakness etc. It was only when he collapsed one day that I started to investigate the side effects of all his medication and I made the discovery about the damage statins were doing to him, at that time his cholesterol was down to 2...'
You don't need to be an expert in the field of cardiovascular health to realise that cholesterol levels below 2 are certainly a recipe for disaster and definitely NOT what nature intended!
Cholesterol is not the villain we've all been conned into believing it is by the medical mainstream...
Following her research, Olivia and her husband started taking care of their cardiovascular health without the help of side effect ridden statin drugs. (You can read the rest of Olivia's comment at the bottom of yesterday's post.)
The truth is, one of the best things you can do to protect your heart is to cut all hydrogenated or trans fats from your diet.
Trans fats are produced during â¬Ëhydrogenation', a food manufacturing process where oils are changed from liquid to solid at high temperatures.
Avoiding saturated fats is an important step forward in protecting your heart too. Both saturated fats and trans fats raise levels of LDL â¬Ëbad' cholesterol in our blood. Worse still, they also lower HDL â¬Ëgood' cholesterol, which further increases the risk of clogged arteries and heart attacks. The latest research shows that cutting trans fats in the English diet by just 1 per cent could prevent 11,000 heart attacks and 7,000 deaths each year.
Avoiding trans fats in your diet can be a challenge because they aren't always listed on food labels. Common foods that contain trans fats are: processed and cured meat, processed cheese and other processed dairy products, cakes, biscuits, pastries, tortilla chips and wraps, chicken nuggets, bought pies and some margarines. These foods are often high in calories and saturated fat too, so cutting down on them will not only do your arteries a favour but also your waistline.
Other culprits laden with trans fats and saturated fats are takeaways and ready meals. So instead of eating out, prepare a healthier, low-fat version of your favourite takeaway at home instead. This way you can take control of the type and amount of fat you eat. You can also play around with new ideas and ingredients, and healthy cooking techniques, like grilling or steaming.
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