Cholesterol Myths, Masai Tribe, Kitavans, and More

Some people, such as the Masai tribe of Kenya or the Kitavans of Papua New Guinea have no heart illness as shown by George Mann of Vanderbilt College or Swedish study Staffan Lindeberg. Their eating plans and heart disorder danger profiles defy every thing we assume we know about heart disorder danger, prevention, and etiology. Brace your self for some head scratchers.
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This is Part II of a two-part series. Make certain to view Portion I (also on my channel) before watching this one. We’ve been advised for 50 a long time that eating saturated excess fat and cholesterol brings about heart condition. But current investigation suggests exactly the reverse is true. The low-extra fat, high-carb diet plan promoted by the American Heart Association really causes heart disorder!

34 Responses to “Cholesterol Myths, Masai Tribe, Kitavans, and More”

  • TheRosa63:

    I understand choelsterol as a anti oxidant, used by body to quelch free radicals, protect cells from oxidation, etc, if it is too high it is a symptom of to much inflammation and free radical damage like a.g.e.s. used by cells to stiffen up squishy cells from to much poly and not enough sat fats in diet.

    it also protects cells from glycation. it is first responder to stimulate immune when invaders are found esp around the heart. fat around heart is probably due to this immune response.

  • mokugin81:

    Great Video! Great Infos! Thannks For Busting Some of the Diet Myths There Are Around! Unfortunatly they r backed up by Junk Science and Conflict of Interess!! Read The Obesity Epidemic by Zoe Harcombe! Its another Fab Diet Myths Buster!! enjoy!!

  • proteanview:

    Seems like health has a whole lot more to do with eating whole foods, than whether or not it has saturated fat or not. The Masai cows eat grass, not corn. They’re not injected with hormones to artificially produce milk year round. I wonder if they even cook their meat with heated oils or if they simply grill them. It may be the saturated fat in conjunction with these factors are the issue.

  • slash3rr:

    @180degreehealth so what causes high colesterol. Fat doesnt sugar doesnt…

  • 180degreehealth:

    @LuluBre02 I think metabolism is the key, and the key to metabolism is a very nutritious diet, great heredity, and lack of vegetable oil and refined sugar like you suggest.

  • LuluBre02:

    People such as the Masai dont consume loads of sugar and they dont eat tons of vegetable oils and they are healthier for it. So in a sense, cholesterol is fine for humans in any amount, except when it is paired with copious amounts of sugars and bad fats. What do u think?

  • LuluBre02:

    I really think that organ complications have to do with ingesting too much sugar like added fructose to foods and consuming too much artificial sweeteners. This would explain why the West suffers so many heart attacks and liver failure. I also think that vegetable oils play a huge role in disease. I mean, if u think about it, humans are not designed to be taking in so much sugar and bad fats….it is not natural at all and therefor, we suffer for it.

  • 180degreehealth:

    @pat557 Yes! Breathetarian is the way! Oh wait, that will make you hypometabolic, which is the primary cause of heart disease :)

  • pat557:

    Okay, we’re confused. So now what? go Breatharian?

  • belovedideas:

    @nymike59 There’s a difference between “proving” and “arguing for”. Make room in your life for different points of view. You’ll be happier and live longer.

  • 180degreehealth:

    @nymike59 Then why is heart disease and hyperinsulinemia non-existent in cultures eating a very high-carbohydrate diet such as the Kitavans, Ugandans, rural Zulu tribe, etc.?

  • nymike59:

    Dude Dr. Atkins , Susan Summers , protein power diet, carbohydrate addicts diet , Doug kaufman know the cause . com… all prove low carb diet reduce bad cholesterol….. Bad Cholesterol is PRODUCED by the the liver breaking down carbs… Also elevated insulin levels reak havac

  • nymike59:

    Dude Dr. Atkins , Susan Summers , protein power diet, carbohydrate addicts diet , Doug kaufman know the cause . com… all prove low carb diet reduce bad cholesterol….. Bad Cholesterol is PRODUCED by the the liver breaking down carbs…

  • 180degreehealth:

    @sdpgposd I became interested in it. Applied myself fully to learning as much about it as I could until it became my job. I studied writing in school. I’m sort of a health “journalist” if you will.

  • 180degreehealth:

    Stabby – Glad you’re confused. Atherosclerosis is NOT the driver of heart disease. I’m not aware of the Masai eating “a lot” of honey. Maybe a very small amount. Atherosclerosis is a natural progression of aging. If anything, their calcium intake stabilizes plaques, which is more important than the amount of the plaque.

  • sdpgposd:

    pretty fascinating

    did you study something at college/university to become this knowledgeable? is it your job? or is it just an interest you have with nutrition thats lead you here?

  • StabbyRaccoon:

    Yes now I’m very confused. I know that it is not simply cholesterol but oxidized cholesterol that causes athersclerosis. The cholesterol becomes oxidized via inflammation and reactive oxygen species of all types. The Maasai eat a lot of honey which would result in atherogenic lipoproteins and could explain the plaque. But the lack of actual episodes is staggering and confounding

    Is it a good guess that inflammation from eicosanoids and oxidized polyunsaturates is needed to complete the picture?

  • loopasars:

    Why is fruit at the top of the pyramid? why isnt it good for you?

  • mokugin81:

    Fat Protein Vitamins and Minerals R Essential Nutrients! Carbs are not!! Even Wikepedia Says that!! Nature Puts All Types of Fats in Natural foods So there is no one particolar that is good or bad!! Actually Saturated are more stable while others go Rancid easly.. Only Trnsfats are bad!! Read The Obesity Epidemic by Zoe Harcombe and Learn More About that!! cheers

  • xgravix:

    Sorry you are getting so much flak, Chris, this is really a great set of videos. Thanks for going to the effort of making these!

  • SexyJane28:

    Saturated fat restriction and dietary cholesterol lowering ( as well as non – statin drug cholesterol lowering) ALL have been miserable failures for reducing coronary artery disease mortality and all cause mortality . There are 18 clinical dietary intervention studies examining the saturated fat/CAD issue and NONE are supportive of the farcical anti- saturated fat/anti- cholesterol dogma. The cholesterol theory is bull. Look into Anthony Colpo.

  • chriskresser:

    @erw246

    I’m not advertising my site. I’ve put hundreds of hours into writing those articles. The information and the links are all there. Why would I do it all over again in the YouTube comments section for one person? Read the article called The Most Important Thing You Probably Don’t Know About Cholesterol. It describes several studies that show that replacing carbohydrates with saturated fat protects against heart disease.

  • erw246:

    @chriskresser
    Please, name some studies that reverse heart disease with high-fat diet, don’t make commercials for your site. I know how to use Google and Google Scholar, so the names of the studies will suffice.

  • erw246:

    @chriskresser
    “Ornish’s studies are a joke.”
    Yeah, right, and Lancet is a toilet paper.

  • chriskresser:

    @erw246

    Read Gary Taubes’ Good Calories, Bad Calories. Ornish’s studies are a joke. You don’t need a medical journal to tell you that. He doesn’t even use control groups! That’s science 101. If you take a group of people who were eating a horrible diet and living a toxic lifestyle, and then put them on a program including a low-fat diet, meditation, yoga, and several other interventions, and they improve, it’s IMPOSSIBLE to know WHICH of those interventions caused the improvement.

  • erw246:

    @chriskresser
    I would also like to see some articles from medical journals that rebuke the way his studies were done.

  • chriskresser:

    @erw246

    I have 15 articles on my blog showing exactly that, all of them extensively referenced with studies published in major, peer-reviewed articles. Do a Google search for The Healthy Skeptic, and when you get to the homepage, click on Special Reports, and then “Heart Disease/Cholesterol” (I can’t seem to post a link here)

  • erw246:

    @chriskresser
    OK then, show me some studies with the type of diet that you advocate that reverse heart disease, so I’ll consider that you might be right.

  • chriskresser:

    @erw246

    Dean Ornish proved nothing of the sort. His studies are hopelessly flawed because he doesn’t control for confounding factors.

  • erw246:

    This doesn’t make any sense, since Dean Ornish proved that low fat diet rich in fruits and vegetables along with relaxation and exercises actually REVERSES heart disease.

  • kccustomuph:

    Thank you so much for this important information. Those of us who choose to say “No thanks” to statin treatment and who want an alternative view are deeply in your debt.

  • chriskresser:

    @StabbyRaccoon

    It’s likely that refined carbs such as white flour and sugar are more harmful than carbs in whole foods and fruits. The Kitvans also live a dramatically different lifestyle than Westerners do, so it’s difficult to make direct comparisons because there are so many potential confounding factors.

  • StabbyRaccoon:

    Good video. in the context of the typical North American highly-inflammatory, diet these blood lipids are pretty important but take something like Lindburg’s study of the Kitavans. Really poor blood lipids from all of those carbs, and yet no heart disease. The typical guess is that inflammation is huge factor.

    Not that I think that eating all of those carbs and eschewing fat is optimal for health, it’s just not necessarily going to cause heart disease at the age of 60 without inflammation.

  • halfbonkers:

    Chris, Great information.

    There are many factors that contribute to heart disease including homocysteine levels, and c-reactive proteins. Even gum disease (periodontal) can cause heart problems. A diet high in fast acting carbohydrates and the ‘wrong’ kind of oils/fats adds to the problem. Fiber and liquids play a role in moving food through the gut. Lets not forget that no exercise makes everything worse.

    It is true that so much of the research is funded by or done by drug companies.

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