Gut microbiome plays an important role in atherosclerosis

Researchers have shown a novel relationship between the intestinal microbiome and atherosclerosis, one of the major causes of heart attack and stroke. This was measured as the burden of plaque in the carotid arteries.

Source: Gut microbiome plays an important role in atherosclerosis — ScienceDaily

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High Cholesterol, Saturated Fats and Low-Carb Diets: What You Need to Know

You might have started a low carb high fat diet and noticed your cholesterol went up. Did you know that total cholesterol does not predict cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk? If you have “high cholesterol,” here’s what you need to know before you’ll have a real picture of your risk of CVD.

Source: High Cholesterol, Saturated Fats and Low-Carb Diets: What You Need to Know

9 “Bad for You” Foods That Are Actually Heart-Healthy

Most people think they have a pretty clear idea of how to eat for their heart, but the advice on heart-healthy foods isn’t as clear-cut as you’d think. You’ve been told for decades to cut fat and avoid cholesterol, and pick out the cereal boxes boasting “heart-healthy whole grains.” The American Heart Association (AHA) wants […]

Source: 9 “Bad for You” Foods That Are Actually Heart-Healthy

Egg-cellent

There’s a lot of information as well as misinformation about eggs. So allow me to clear it up: Eggs are not bad for you. Egg yolks are not bad for you. The ‘research’ that has found eggs to be bad, due to cholesterol, were mostly funded by cereal companies. Also, those studies don’t differentiate between the different types of cholesterol. Just like fat, there are different types and some(most) are beneficial for your health.

Cholesterol

This is such a sensitive area, because most people associate cholesterol with heart disease and poor heart health. That is not the case, especially not relating to eggs. Eggs DO raise cholesterol, HDL, the type that is cardioprotective. Cholesterol is also a precursor to testosterone and even growth hormone, which are essential to building and maintaining muscle. Most studies done regarding egg consumption in healthy, exercising adults showed no increase in LDL (the bad cholesterol) particles.

White isn’t right

Whole eggs or egg whites? Whole eggs for sure. While egg whites do have fewer calories, you’ll also get less protein and none of the beneficial fats. Without the yolk you’ll also be missing out on vitamins B2, B12, vitamin D and iron. The yolk of an egg is where you get choline from, which is what makes you mentally sharp. About 80% of the fat in a whole egg is monounsaturated and saturated, which has been shown to lead to higher testosterone levels.

Bonus

Aside from the above, there are a whole bunch of other health benefits to including whole eggs in your diet. A single egg can contain up to 150 mg of DHA, that’s essential to brain health. Eggs have been shown to prevent heart disease, promote healthier thyroid, immune, and prostate function, also they improve insulin sensitivity.