Ep 13: Lowering Cholesterol and The Role of Carbs in Ancestral Diets (Q & A)

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In this episode we discuss:

  • How you can lower blood cholesterol levels without medication (and why you may not want to)
  • Whether high cholesterol contributes to heart disease
  • Why the idea that carbohydrates weren’t available in ancestral diets is a fallacy
  • Whether we should shape our diets around ancestral or tribal diets
  • The importance of carbohydrates for brain function and intelligence

2:22 – how to lower cholesterol levels

10:52 – is the cholesterol the problem?

25:10 – ancestral diets included carbohydrates

39:25 - why an ancestral diet isn't necessarily ideal

Links from this episode

  • The Cholesterol Nonsense Continues (article)
  • Dietary cholesterol has little effect on serum cholesterol (1, 2)
  • PUFA in LDL cause vascular damage (1)
  • Endotoxin (LPS) contributes to atherosclerosis and is found in arterial plaque (1, 2, 3)
  • The detoxifying and immune functions of cholesterol and LDL (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7)
  • PUFA and their metabolites and peroxidation products contribute to arterial plaque and lesions (1, 2, 3, 4)
  • Most heart attacks occur in patients with normal cholesterol levels (1)
  • High LDL in familial hypercholesterolemia doesn't cause premature death or increase the risk of cardiovascular disease (1)
  • Total cholesterol levels of 200-240 associated with lowest mortality from all causes (1)
  • Importance of honey and other carbohydrates in human evolution and in the Hadza's diet (1, 2)
  • Wild and ancient fruit is not small, bitter, and low in sugar (1)
  • Associated between ape brain size and fruit consumption (1, 2)
  • Inuits and eskimos do not have lower prevalence of cardiovascular disease (1)
  • Ep. 7: Carbs vs. Fats and General Macronutrient Guidelines (podcast episode)
  • Carbs vs. Fats: Which is the Better Fuel? (article)
  • Carbs vs. Fats: Hormonal Effects (article)
  • Different protein sources cause differences in fat and muscle mass despite isocaloric and isonitrogenous diets (1)
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