This topic, and many like it, are the reason why I started this blog. Society has been bombarded with this word since (apparently) the 1950s.
The myth I am so worried about:
High cholesterol foods produce high cholesterol levels in the blood, and can contribute to heart disease.
Where to begin:
Cholesterol is produced by our liver. We are talking like 75% of our blood cholesterol - not just some.
Why? Because cholesterol is involved in regulating cell signaling pathways; important to the structure of cell membranes; is directly related to other cellular components; and up to 25% of it is found in the brain - that sort of important organ in our body.
Therefore, diet has an affect on cholesterol, but not they way that we have been taught. In fact, the proportion of carbohydrates to fat and protein in your body can be more directly related to cholesterol levels. Cholesterol is just an indicator of what is going on.
High visceral (stomach area) fat has been associated with heart disease. Cholesterol, being the indicator it is, got blamed, so they continue to use it as a scapegoat for a much bigger problem - carbohydrate miseducation.
Public miseducation on carbohydrates and preservatives is the much bigger issue that I hope to attack soon, but for now, let's focus on cholesterol.
Here's what I see:
Public miseducation --> Decrease saturated fat foods --> (Because there's less to choose from) Eat more carbs --> Increase likelihood of constant insulin production, resulting in increased fat storage (visceral) --> Get checked out (Start cholesterol drugs that do little to help situation) --> Continue societal trend of increasing rate of heart disease.
Here's what we should be doing:
Learn how to manage correctly --> INCREASE WHOLE FOODS, including foods relatively high in saturated fat (but do not cut out carbs) --> Lean out, gain muscle --> Decrease risk of heart disease --> :)
Eat your yolks, eat your red meats.