The Cholesterol myth – Cholesterol and Saturated Fat is not the problem.

Myth #1. Eating cholesterol and saturated fat raises cholesterol levels in the blood.

Myth #2. High cholesterol in the blood is the cause of heart disease.

Myth #3. Statins save lives in healthy people without heart disease.

Unfortunately, cardiovascular disease is one of the most misdiagnosed and mistreated conditions in medicine. We’ve learned a tremendous amount about what causes heart disease over the past decade, but the medical establishment is still operating on outdated science from 40-50 years ago.

The idea that too much animal fat and high cholesterol are dangerous to your heart and vessels is nothing but a myth. Here come some real and unfiltered facts about it.

These are the facts!

  • Cholesterol is not a deadly poison, but a substance vital to the cells of all mammals. There are no such things as good or bad cholesterol, but mental stress, physical activity and change of body weight may influence the level of blood cholesterol. A high cholesterol is in fact beneficial, because it partake in our immune system and hormone production.


  • A high blood cholesterol is said to promote atherosclerosis and thus also coronary heart disease. But many studies have shown that people whose blood cholesterol is low become just as atherosclerotic as people whose cholesterol is high.


  • Your body produces three to four times more cholesterol than you eat. The production of cholesterol increases when you eat little cholesterol and decreases when you eat much. This explains why the ”prudent” diet cannot lower cholesterol more than on average a few per cent.


  • There is no evidence that too much animal fat and cholesterol in the diet promotes atherosclerosis or heart attacks. For instance, more than twenty studies have shown that people who have had a heart attack haven’t eaten more fat of any kind than other people, and degree of atherosclerosis at autopsy is unrelated with the diet.


  • The only effective way to lower cholesterol is with drugs, but neither heart mortality or total mortality have been improved with drugs the effect of which is cholesterol-lowering only. On the contrary, these drugs are dangerous to your health and may shorten your life.


  • The modern cholesterol-lowering drugs, statins, do prevent cardiovascular disease, but the effect is minuscule and is due to other mechanisms than cholesterol-lowering. Unfortunately, they also stimulate cancer cells, disturb the functions of the muscles, the heart and the brain and pregnant women taking statins may give birth to children with malformations more severe than those seen after thalidomide.


  • Many of these facts have been presented in scientific journals and books for decades but are rarely told to the public by the proponents of the diet-heart idea and lobbyists for the drug companies. Statins, is a multi billion dollar industry.


  • The reason why laymen, doctors and most scientists have been misled is because opposing and disagreeing results are systematically ignored or misquoted in the scientific press.


  • The Benefits Of High Cholesterol:
  1. Cholesterol is vital for balanced hormones and the manufacture of those that deal with the stress of everyday living.  These hormones also are protective against heart disease and cancer.
  2. Cholesterol is needed by the body to make all the sex hormones including andogen, testosterone, estrogen, progesterone, and DHEA.
  3. Cholesterol is necessary for the body to properly use Vitamin D, which is critical for all body systems including the bones, nerves, proper growth, mineral metabolism, muscle tone, insulin production, fertility, and strong immunity.
  4. Bile salts made by the liver require cholesterol. Bile is critical to the digestive process and absorption of dietary fats.
  5. Cholesterol functions as a powerful antioxidant in the body and is protective of free radical damage to tissues.
  6. Cholesterol is vital for proper functioning of the brain. Cholesterol is used by serotonin receptors .. serotonin is the body’s natural “feel good” chemical.  No wonder low cholesterol levels have been associated with aggressive and violent tendencies, depression and suicide.
  7. Breastmilk are ideally rich in cholesterol and contain enzymes for baby to properly utilize it. Babies and children need cholesterol for proper growth and development of the brain, nervous system, and immune function.
  8. Cholesterol is necessary for proper functioning of the intestines and maintaining the integrity of the intestinal wall.  Low cholesterol diets can lead to leaky gut syndrome and other digestive problems.
  9. Cholesterol is critical to repair of damaged cells. This is why cholesterol levels naturally rise as we age and are beneficial to the elderly.  Women with the highest cholesterol actually live the longest!  Dr. Meyer Texon MD, a respected pathologist practicing at New York University Medical Center, observes that accusing saturated fat and cholesterol for hardening of the arteries is like accusing white blood cells of causing infection, rather than helping the immune system address it.


  • Avocados

  • Butter & Ghee

  • Coconut oil

  • Extra virgin olive oil

  • Wild salmon

  • Nuts & seeds

  • Eggs WITH yolk

  • Grass fed beef

  • MCT oil

  • Full fat dairy

  • Dark chocolate

  • Almond butter

  • Greek yoghurt

  • Cheese

  • Flax & chia seeds

  • Olives





Dr. Ravnskov, MD, PhD –
Chris Kresser, M.S. –


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