Even the most experienced doctor or surgeon can sometimes get their facts wrong. For years, doctors have claiming that heart disease is a result of high cholesterol levels. For decades, the usual treatment for this problem is a diet with reduced fat intake and taking medications for lowering cholesterol, and deviation from this fact was considered a heresy. However, things have recently changed as scientists discovered that the real cause of heart disease is something completely different.
The recent discovery that arterial inflammation is the cause of heart disease has caused quite a stir in the medical community, and has led to a big paradigm shift. The established dietary recommendations have resulted in an epidemic of obesity and diabetes, which is becoming a bigger problem by the day. According to statistics, more than a quarter of the American adult population is on statins (cholesterol lowering drugs). The same statistical data shows that there are 75 million American citizens suffering from heart disease, with another 20 million suffering from diabetes. Knowing that the number of young heart disease patients is rising each year, it’s pretty clear that cholesterol isn’t the problem.
The real culprit for heart disease was inflammation all along. Inflammation is the body’s natural reaction to foreign invaders and is actually beneficial. However, by constantly exposing ourselves to toxins our body isn’t able to process, inflammation progresses to chronic inflammation which can have dire consequences on our health.
The biggest problem of all is that we’re doing it to ourselves. Chronic inflammation is caused by our unhealthy diet and the unhealthy lifestyle we all lead. By consuming foods rich in sugar, fat and inflammatory compounds we aren’t doing our health any good. This leads to chronic inflammation and a variety of diseases including heart disease, obesity and diabetes. The low-fat diet recommended by the medical community as a high cholesterol treatment is another big reason why more and more people are suffering from heart disease every year.
If you’re thinking how can 1 hamburger a week cause that much problems, think of it in this way: if you’re rubbing a hard brush on your skin repeatedly it will break and bleed, right? Well, think of all the hamburgers and other types of junk food you eat every week for years and you’ll get the idea.
Regardless of where the inflammation occurs, it will do a lot of damage. The food we constantly stuff ourselves with is taking its toll on our arteries, increasing the inflammation bit by bit and resulting in life-threatening conditions.
We all love a nice sweet roll, right? Well, sweet or cinnamon rolls are one of the worst foods you can put in your mouth. They are full of sugar and carbs that will slowly poison your body and raise the risk of several diseases and conditions. When we consume sugary sweets, the blood sugar levels rise rapidly, resulting in the pancreas secreting insulin, a hormone which can regulate the glucose levels. If this happens all the time, the pancreas will produce insulin in excess, resulting in the extra glucose being converted to fat. Blood sugar is controlled in a narrow range – the extra sugar molecules attach to proteins that can injure your artery walls and raise the inflammation, eventually damaging them beyond repair.
Besides containing sugar, sweet rolls are also full of omega-6 fatty acids due to them being baked in soybean oil. Omega-6 fatty acids increase the product’s shelf life and are found in high amounts in this type of oil. Although essential for our health, they must be in balance with omega-3 fatty acids in our body. If they’re not, the cellular membranes will produce cytokines that will increase inflammation in the body and cause a life-threatening disease.
The common western diet is too rich in omega-6 fatty acids and too low on omega-3s. The ratio of imbalance may be as much as 15 or 30:1 in favor of omega-6, which is highly concerning. This is how sweet rolls and other types of junk food increase the risk of heart disease while also increasing your body weight.
The more processed and fast food we consume, the higher the risk of heart disease, obesity, diabetes and even cancer. There’s only one way to reduce the risk of these ailments, and it’s by switching to natural foods. If you want to build muscle, eat more protein. To reduce inflammation, choose carbs from fruit and vegetables, and definitely exclude soybean and sunflower oil from your diet. Instead of these oils, use olive oil or grass-fed butter to prepare your meals.
Animal fats are less likely to cause inflammation in your body thanks to the lesser presence of omega-6 fatty acids. Forget everything you’ve known for decades – saturated (animal) fat isn’t responsible for heart disease and shouldn’t be avoided. Saturated fat doesn’t increase the cholesterol levels as well, and since cholesterol isn’t responsible for heart disease, the whole theory is dead in the water.
Putting cholesterol under scrutiny for decades has resulted in the popular low-fat diet many people lead which is directly responsible for the increased cases of heart disease around the world. Instead of processed foods, you should focus on whole meals and homecooked meals which can eliminate inflammation and restore your health.