Cardiologists are finally speaking out and admitting they may have “got it wrong.”
It seems the science behind the causes of heart disease may be flawed and that heart disease may not be the result of “high cholesterol” like physicians and scientists have been claiming for so long.
Despite doctors prescribing cholesterol-lowering medications for years and telling us to restrict the fat in our diets that would also help lower our cholesterol levels, heart disease rates continue to soar.
It may be a good time to take a deeper look at the real causes of heart disease.
Heart Disease And Inflammation
It seems that inflammation in the artery walls is actually the cause of heart disease and this new realisation is causing a shift in how heart disease as well as other chronic ailments have traditionally been treated.
The recommendations we’ve been getting about our diet have actually had the reverse effect and led to an epidemic in diabetes and obesity.
25 percent of the population is still taking very expensive statin drugs and even with the reduction of fat in our diets, more Americans than ever will die from heart disease.
The American Heart Association says 75 million Americans have heart disease, 20 million are diabetic and 57 million are pre-diabetic - each year more and more young people are being diagnosed with these conditions.
The UK is facing a similar problem with coronary heart disease being a leading cause of death.
Inflammation is simply the body’s way of defending itself from attack by viruses, toxins and bacteria. However, chronic exposure leads to chronic inflammation.
If you are concerned about your heart health then it’s time for you to make some changes to your diet to reduce inflammation and therefore your risk of heart disease.
Eat Like Great-Grandma To Avoid Heart Disease
The biggest cause of inflammation is the highly processed carbohydrates we consume and the excessive amounts of Omega 6 vegetable oils (corn, sunflower, soybean, etc) that are found in many processed foods.
While you are savouring the delicious taste of that sweet bread roll your body is reacting like it’s in a war zone. In other words, the foods you are eating are poisoning your body and killing you slowly .
How do you reverse inflammation in your body? Thankfully, it’s not quite as difficult as you might think. Here are some guidelines.
- It’s time to stop eating processed and prepared foods because the more of these you eat, the more you tip the inflammation scale and the more you compound the problem. Your body was not designed to consume foods that are packed with Omega 6 oils and sugar so you need to avoid them as much as possible.
- It’s time to return to foods that are closer to their natural state. When you eat more protein, it will help you to build muscle. When you choose complex carbohydrates such as fresh fruits and vegetables you can reduce the inflammation in your body.
- Replace vegetable oils with coconut oil and real butter from animals that are grass fed. Just a single tablespoon of soybean contains 6,940 mg and a single tablespoon of corn oil has 7,280 mg of Omega 6. Compare that with animal fats which contains less than 20 percent Omega 6 and are therefore far less likely to cause inflammation in the body.
It’s time to forget the years of being told that saturated fats cause heart disease, because the science simply isn’t there to back it up.
Your great-grandmother served up fresh foods and home cooked meals and the instances of heart disease were low to moderate. Fast forward to today where fast foods and highly processed meals have become a staple in our diets and we’re seeing an alarming increase in heart disease.
It’s time to turn back time and go back to basics. We need to start eating more like the generations before us and watch heart disease numbers reverse themselves.