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A little Cholesterol talk

June 16, 2010

The Journal of the American College of Cardiology just published a meta-analysis examining the relationship between HDL (high-density lipoprotein) and the development of cancer.  Here ya go: for each 10mg/dl increase in HDL, your risk of developing cancer decreases by 36%.  Wow.

Some basic strategies to raise HDL (among MANY other beneficial things!):

*carbohydrate restriction

*moderate alcohol consumption (however much I’d like to say red wine is the alcohol trump card, alas it is not; ANYTHING containing ethanol benefits cardiovascular risk and HDL status).  Single malt is as good as your favorite Bordeaux in this regard

*exercise

*increase consumption of healthy fats (Omega-3 rich foods, properly fed meat, NO industrial seed oils or high PUFA foods)

Cheers!

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4 Comments
  1. Lora permalink

    what are industrial seed oils and high PUFA (I’m guessing this isn’t Cheetos) foods?

  2. Hi Lolly! I’m glad you asked:) Industrial seed oils are oils originally developed as industrial/manufacturing lubricants and are extracted using hexane (petroleum product) that are not only now in our food supply, but they’ve been stamped as “heart healthy” because they are low in saturated fat and cholesterol. This list includes: canola, flaxseed, grapeseed, soybean, vegetable. PUFA are polyunsaturated fatty acids, which, again, although touted by the American Heart Association as a replacement for saturated fat, are highly inflammatory and easily oxidizable, which means they are nasty and damaging to our internal environment. Hope this makes sense!:)

  3. Lora permalink

    But Crisco is still ok, right?

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