Blast from the Past
Despite the fact that the US government has decided to remove dietary cholesterol restrictions from its controversial Dietary Guidelines for Americans, the myth of cholesterol-rich foods like egg yolks, shrimp, and liver leading to high serum cholesterol and eventually heart disease is still pervasive. Conventional doctors and dietitians still suggest limiting whole egg consumption to 1 yolk per day.
There has never been any evidence to support the recommendation to limit egg yolks and other cholesterol-rich animal foods, and now a recent review of 40 studies confirms that there is no link between dietary cholesterol and heart disease. The authors conclude that “reviewed studies were heterogeneous and lacked the methodologic rigor to draw any conclusions regarding the effects of dietary cholesterol on cardiovascular disease risk” and call for more research. I’d say their results just further demonstrate the total lack of connection between cholesterol intake and heart disease risk.
If you’re not convinced yet, check out my eBook on heart disease: The Diet-Heart Myth. In it you’ll learn about the true dietary factors that affect your risk of heart disease (hint: it ain’t egg yolks!) And if you’re ready to go deeper in your education on managing high cholesterol and avoiding heart disease, I recommend my popular program: The High Cholesterol Action Plan.
- A new study supports the hypothesis that non-celiac gluten sensitivity is associated with fibromyalgia.
- Prolonged antibiotic treatment induces a diabetogenic intestinal microbiome that accelerates diabetes.
- Researchers have determined that the brain is directly connected to the immune system by vessels previously thought not to exist.
- Exercise goals without a specific plan may be doomed to fail.
- Antibiotic use in animals raised for food is drastically increasing. This poses a risk for antibiotic resistance, which may limit our capacity to treat infectious diseases.
- Eating vegetables that are rich in sulfur, like broccoli and cabbage, will result in smelly farts but may reduce your risk of cancer.
- “Upset tummy” has a new meaning: research now shows a gut-serotonin link.
- Shortened sleep in combination with acute cognitive stress can have a negative impact on the retrieval of newly learned memories.
- Both high fructose corn syrup and refined sugar had similar negative impacts in this study.
Worth a Look
- Stephan Guyenet asks: Is sugar fattening? It’s complicated.
- Check out my interview for The Legacy Project.
- Need to improve your gut health? Staff dietitian Kelsey Marksteiner is hosting a free fermented food challenge and giveaway!
- Camel’s milk, anyone?
- You don’t have to stand up to avoid the negative impact of sitting.
- More screen time is making kids fatter, and not just because it’s sedentary.
- Not enough sleep may hurt your relationships with others.
- Mosquitos are hunting you down with three senses: smell, then sight, and finally heat.
- Functional Medicine looks at root causes, not just ‘a pill for an ill’.
- Exciting news for anyone who loves Paleo-style eating – and loves eating out: Primal Kitchen Restaurants.
For the Foodies
- The Domestic Man: Crawfish Bisque
- Real Food With Dana: Ginger Garlic Sweet Potato Wedges
- Beyond The Bite: Grilled Yuca Flatbread with Garlic Chive Oil
- Three Beans on a String: Cucumber and Tomato Salad With Mint
- Against All Grain: Spiralized Zucchini Pesto Pasta with Peas and Pancetta
- The Healthy Foodie: Easy Mediterranean Chicken
- The Paleo Parents: Beef Brisket
- Rubies and Radishes: Cauliflower Pork Fried Rice
- Plaid and Paleo: Chicken Parmesan Meatballs
- PaleOMG: Picadillo Tacos
- Primal Palate: Grilled Adobo Chicken Thighs
- My Heart Beets: Blueberry and Goat Cheese Hand Pies
- The Iron You: Very Berry Ice Cream