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Day: August 28, 2012

What Really Causes Heart Disease?!

What Really Causes Heart Disease?!

Richard shared this article on Facebook.  I thought it’s pretty informative.

What really causes HEART DISEASE?! by a world renowned surgeon.  Read on and find out!

Well, it’s basically all the yummy stuff.  The yummier the stuff is… the more poisonous they are!! Sigh.. That’s the sad truth.  The real cause of heart disease is the inflammation of the artery walls.

Simply stated, without inflammation being present in the body, there is no way that cholesterol can accumulate on the wall of the blood vessel and cause heart disease and strokes. Without inflammation, cholesterol would move freely throughout the body as nature intended. It is inflammation that causes cholesterol to become trapped.

Therefore, natural fats (contrary to common beliefs) don’t cause inflammation.  It’s our diet that’s low in fat, high in polyunsaturated fats and carbohydrates that causes it. So who are the biggest culprits?!

Here goes the hit list (hold your breath):

1. Simple, highly processed carbohydrates – sugar, flour and all things made from them.  Sigh! There goes all the yummy cakes and sweets.

2. omega-6 vegetable oils like soybean, corn and sunflower that are found in many processed foods.  The right kind of oil to use is either olive oil (as pure as possible, I have read somewhere that unpure ones are mixed with other oils such as canola etc) or butter.  Most of the processed food like fish fingers, fries etc have been pre fried with one of these oils…

What should we eat?

1. Foods closer to their natural state (basically unprocessed food)

2. Protein food

3. Complex carbohydrates such as colorful fruits and vegetables.

Reading this article brought me to the topic of Paleolithic diet (Paleo Diet).  It’s also known as the Caveman diet.  Well, simply said, we are supposed to eat food that’s closed to what our forefathers ate as these are the unprocessed food that our bodies can absorb better and don’t cause harm to our bodies.  I have tried it, and believe me, it’s super hard to follow!! Imagine – no yummy stuff.  But I shall try harder from now on… but allow myself to indulge just once in a blue moon.