Hypothesis; a word you probably recall hearing back in elementary school when you were assigned your first science experiment.
Let's review the definition of 'hypothesis' according to Google...
noun: hypothesis; plural noun: hypotheses
- 1.a supposition or proposed explanation made on the basis of limited evidence as a starting point for further investigation.
"professional astronomers attacked him for popularizing an unconfirmed hypothesis"
synonyms:theory, theorem, thesis, conjecture, supposition, postulation, postulate,proposition, premise, assumption;
a proposition made as a basis for reasoning, without any assumption of its truth.
So essentially, an educated guess. Yup! Decades of guidance from health experts, medical associations and Doctors alike have been suggesting the same unproven dietary advice based on a hunch. But how is this possible? There is no way we are being influenced to eat a certain way based on something that was never actually proven, right?
Well, ask yourself this: If the lipid hypothesis was in fact proven, why is it still called the lipid hypothesis???
Most people understand cholesterol to be a toxic substance that sneaks into your arteries after eating a fatty, greasy meal. This then leads to clogging of the arteries which causes series of coronary artery diseases (CAD), including heart attacks, high blood pressure and strokes.
However, most of the public is unaware of how essential cholesterol actually is in our bodies. Yes, essential. Meaning that it's presence in our body is mandatory in order to sustain life.
Now, let's take a look at (just some of) the many jobs cholesterol has in our body:
- Cognitive Brain Function: 25% of total cholesterol in the body resides in the brain and is responsible for synapse formation-- aka those things that fire off, allowing you to think, learn new things and create memories. Alzheimer's anyone?
- Production of Hormones: It is essential for the production of many hormones, including reproductive ones. Did you know Testosterone is a cholesterol based hormone? I wonder how many men who are Rx Statin medications for cholesterol are also being Rx things like Viagra for erectile dysfunction? Just a thought.
- Allow for Cellular Interaction: The human body contains trillions (thats 1,000 x 1 billion= just 1 trillion) of cells that form tissues. Those tissues make up organs, which then form organ systems, which make up the human body and every last one of those cells contains cholesterol. This is one of the factors that allows for our cells to interact with one another and communicate.
- Self Sufficient: Cholesterol is so essential that the body will produce it all by itself. So even if you consumed zero cholesterol in your diet, your body knows better than you, and the liver will produce it anyway as a means to survive.
Based on his published findings, Keys claimed that there was a direct link between heart disease related death and the amount of fat in the diet. Therefore, if saturated fat raises cholesterol, and cholesterol causes heart disease, we should stop consuming saturated fat in order to reduce the risk of heart disease in our world.
Seems logical at first. However, there were two problems:
1. Correlation does not equal causation
Ironically enough, it was Keys himself that stated in 1997:
At this point, you might be wondering, "If all of the above is true and eating saturated fat doesn't actually cause heart disease, why haven't organizations like the American Heart Association or the FDA intervened and said something?" Well, for one, cholesterol lowering medications (i.e. Statins) are a $29 Billion industry (multiply 1,000 x $1 million and you've got just 1 of those 29 B's). I hate to get all conspiracy theory on you here, but money controls a lot of policy in our world, and the medical industry is no exception.
Second, we are enabling them to remain in business by not doing our own research and changing our lifestyles to maintain healthier hearts that don't need medications to begin with. Educate yourself. Stop being scared of putting natural fat on your plate in exchange for low-fat, man made, food-like products that have done absolutely nothing to decrease the risk of heart disease.
But don't just take my word for it. Do your homework, ask questions and start here in the Educate Yourself section of my website. I have gained the knowledge I have through mere curiosity, so stay curious my friends.