Category: Lipids

the essential nature of cholesterol

| December 18, 2012 | 6 Replies
the essential nature of cholesterol




“Cholesterol is absolutely vital for our existence.         Peter Attia, MD There’s no such thing as ‘good and bad’ cholesterol. As shown below, cholesterol is a single natural substance – the grandmother steroid – featuring a four-ring structure of carbon atoms. All steroid hormones (such as Vitamin D) are made from cholesterol, but cholesterol is […]






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True or False? – questions about fat

| November 2, 2012 | 3 Replies
True or False? – questions about fat




We’ve been told to remove chicken skin because it is saturated fat? True – that’s what we’ve been told, but chicken fat is 70 percent unsaturated fat! Chicken fat is dominantly monounsaturated oleic acid, the dominant fat in olive oil (and in our bodies). Chicken fat is also our best source of antimicrobial palmitoleic acid, a monounsaturated […]






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Value of Fat – especially saturated fat

| September 17, 2012 | 4 Replies
Value of Fat – especially saturated fat




Even the Paleolithic or Stone Age diet went low fat. Jean Carper’s version of a Stone Age Salad includes “mixed greens, garbanzo beans, and skinless chicken breasts.”2 Not backed by any reference to lipid biochemistry – we’re told to remove skin from the chicken in the mistaken belief that it’s got to be saturated fat. […]






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The War on Cholesterol and Saturated Fat

| February 7, 2012 | Reply
The War on Cholesterol and Saturated Fat




In the U.S. dietary kingdom, saturated fat is most feared – fingered as the cause of heart disease and stroke. According to the American Heart Association (AHA), they have been warning us away from saturated fat since 1957. In 1961, at the urging of AHA board members Ancel Keys and Jeremiah Stamler, the AHA officially […]






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There’s no such thing as “bad cholesterol”

| February 6, 2012 | Reply
There’s no such thing as “bad cholesterol”




LDL is called “bad cholesterol”; HDL “good.” But LDL and HDL are not good or bad, and they are not cholesterol. LDL (low density lipoprotein) and HDL (high density lipoprotein) are lipoproteins – vehicles that travel in the blood and deliver cholesterol to and from tissues in the body. Lipoprotein blood transport came early in […]






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When you hear the words, “avoid saturated fat,” ask which one?

| February 6, 2012 | Reply
When you hear the words, “avoid saturated fat,” ask which one?




From the days of George and Martha Washington up through the 1940s, our traditional more saturated and monounsaturated fats – tallow, lard, and butter – provided safe, nutritious cooking options and provided diversified income for small mixed family farms, benefitting local communities. Then, beginning in the 20th Century, especially after 1950, the American Heart Association […]






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Saturated Palmitic Acid – the body’s stem fatty acid

| January 31, 2012 | 1 Reply
Saturated Palmitic Acid – the body’s stem fatty acid




“Too much of what has been written or said in textbooks or journals about fats and oils is either incorrect or unacceptably incomplete.”     Dr. Mary Enig, author, Know Your Fats Palmitic Acid (16:0) – the 16 means its a 16 carbon chain; the zero means there are no double bonds. A double bond introduces […]






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“Saturated” Means “Stable” – nothing else.

| January 30, 2012 | 2 Replies
“Saturated” Means “Stable” – nothing else.




  “Dietary fat, whether saturated or not, is not a cause of obesity, diabetes, or any other chronic disease of civilization.” Gary Taubes, author, Why We Get Fat Since 1961, when the American Heart Association first endorsed board member Ancel Keys’ anti-fat diet, there has been a “War on Saturated Fat” that continues to this […]






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