In The Great Cholesterol Myth nutritionist Jonny Bowden and cardiologist Dr. Stephen Sinatra reveal the true causes of heart disease.
For years we’ve been told that cholesterol is the cause of heart disease. But recent evidence suggests that traditional protocols – with their emphasis on lowering cholesterol levels – are ineffective and have negative side effects.
The authors say that by putting all of our attention on cholesterol we have virtually ignored the real culprits including:
The Great Cholesterol Myth explains that cholesterol numbers are actually very poor indicators of heart disease. The authors go on to highlight a number of facts about cholesterol and cardiovascular health. For example:
This book was created to give readers a strategy for effectively preventing, managing, and reversing heart disease without pharmaceutical drugs. It outlines a simple lifestyle plan with suggestions for diet, exercise, nutritional supplements, and stress management.
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The authors explain that cholesterol and saturated fat have been wrongly demonized. However, trans fats significantly increase the risk of heart disease and foods containing them should be avoided completely. Examples include:
Chips and crackers
Research also demonstrates the negative effect of high glycemic carbohydrates on the heart. After just a single high-sugar meal it is possible to observe stress on the arteries. High glycemic carbs also contribute to insulin resistance, which in itself is a primary risk factor for heart disease.
Studies show that the higher the intake of vegetables, the lower the chance of developing cardiovascular disease. Those who consume eight or more servings of vegetables a day have a 30 percent lower risk.
Nuts contain an amino acid called arginine that protects the lining of the blood vessels. Eating nuts several times a week may reduce your risk of a heart attack by 30 to 50 percent.
One serving of beans or lentils a day can reduce the chances of a heart attack by 38 percent. They are an excellent source of fiber and are very high in antioxidants. Beans also contain folic acid, which reduces the levels of an inflammatory compound called homocysteine.
Dark chocolate lowers blood pressure and studies show that it may reduce the risk of death from heart disease by half.
For cardiovascular health it is recommended to exercise for at least thirty minutes every day. This can strengthen your heart and increase your resilience against cardiovascular disease.
The authors also discuss the benefits of activities such as yoga and deep breathing for stress reduction.
The Great Cholesterol Myth: Why Lowering Your Cholesterol Won’t Prevent Heart Disease-and the Statin-Free Plan That Will retails at $19.99.
There is also now a cookbook available to accompany this diet.
This book aims to dispel the myths about cholesterol and heart disease, while offering a drug-free approach to prevent heart disease. The advice offered is that eating right, exercising regularly and managing stress is the most effective way of to stay healthy.