5. Cholesterol Craziness
When did heart disease start getting out of control? Precisely when society switched from stable, saturated fats to vegetable and seed oils. This switch came via the saturated fat and cholesterol scare prompted by Ancel Keys and the bogus lipid hypothesis, which purported to link saturated fat and high cholesterol with heart disease.
That myth has been thoroughly debunked, yet we’re still suffering the consequences of the scare. In fact, it’s still being pushed today by Big Agriculture — the people who produce these oils — and government institutions who are funded by Big Agriculture.
The craziness is that vegetable oils are promoted as improving cholesterol. What vegetable oils do in many cases is reduce total cholesterol numbers. What nobody told you is that total cholesterol numbers are meaningless. 75% of heart attack patients have a lipid panel that does not indicate high risk for heart attack. Relying on total cholesterol numbers (which is the standard panel) is worse than flipping a coin.
So, what does matter? The size and type of cholesterol is what matters. And while vegetable oils may lower total cholesterol, they skew the size and type of the particles in the wrong direction. If you want more information on understanding cholesterol in clear terms, check out my podcast interview with Jimmy Moore about his new BOOK, Cholesterol Clarity.
The need to know information is this: if your goal is a healthy heart, vegetable oils are literally killing you.
See below an easy guide to decipher the misinformation with respect to cholesterol numbers:
|Chad (not Primed)||Chad (Primed)|
|HDL – go high||85||126|
|Triglycerides – type of fat||63||24|
|Total HDL ratio||2.6||2.2|
|Tri to HDL (ideally less than 1)||0.74||0.19|
Excess triglycerides can be stored in blood vessels, contributing to atherosclerosis and cardiovascular disease. Higher amounts of HDL can carry these fatty deposits away from blood vessels and be protective. So the ratio of triglycerides to HDL can be a valuable measure to help predict cardiovascular risk.
Cholesterol Clarity experts agreed that lower triglycerides are a much more relevant marker than total cholesterol and LDL-C. The goal to shoot for with your triglycerides is under 100 (mainstream medicine says it should be 150 or below, but you can show signs of metabolic health issues at this level), and optimally under 70. The best way to do that is to reduce the amount of carbohydrates you are consuming to suit your own personal tolerance level.
Please see below as to what typically happens to cool Primed clients when they ditch toxic vegetable oil (as well as grains, sugar, low fat crud and soy stuff).
6. Weight Gain and Obesity
Going gluten-free often can lead to weight loss (if you do it the right way) because the healing of inflammation and gut function restores your body’s ability to let go of excess fat. You also tend to not over eat because you’re not promoting hormone derangement with cereal grains (unless you still consume a lot of sugar).
My question for you is, “Do you still have weight to lose?”
If the answer is yes, you’re definitely going to want to ditch the vegetable oils. When scientists put rats on a diet high in omega-6 fats (high meaning the current recommendation for humans) they not only gained weight, but their appetites increased considerably more than the rats who were put on a low omega-6 diet (not low-fat, just low omega-6).
The story gets even better. When the diets were supplemented with omega-3 fats, the metabolic function improved, alluding to the importance of the ratio we talked about earlier. Another study — also with rats — showed that rats fed a diet high in omega-6 gained weight rapidly versus a diet low in omega-6 regardless of much they ate.
This is another reason why calories don’t matter, and quality does. This isn’t just about inflammation and long term health, it’s about metabolic derangement now.