Doctor's Note

If cholesterol increases breast cancer risk, what about the use of cholesterol-lowering drugs? That’s the subject of my next video, Statin Cholesterol Drugs and Invasive Breast Cancer.

Other foods I mentioned protective against breast cancer include:

Some I didn’t mention include:

More on phytosterols and where they’re found:

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  • Cassie

    This video is a little confusing. It seems to indicate that along with cholesterol, fat also plays a role in breast cancer. If this is so, how are sunflower and pumpkin seeds preventative when they’re both high in fat? Is it all fats that are increasing risk for breast cancer, fats only when combined with cholesterol, or are fats from plant sources an exception?

    • basskills

      This is a good question as I am often wondering the same thing about protein (apologies for piggy backing on your question).

      The China Study suggests a low fat, low protein whole food plant based diet is optimum, but then I see plant based doctors promoting the benefits of beans and nuts and seeds.

      I understand there is a difference between protein and fats from animal and plants but from a macro-nutrient point of view, is there really a difference if optimum is say 80/10/10 (80% carbs, 10% protein, 10% fat)?

      *NB: I am not referring to the raw 80/10/10 diet, what I mean is cooked food 80/10/10 ratio plant based whole food diet.

      • brec

        Animal foods are high in (animal) protein and/or fat.

        Plant foods are not high in protein. Canned kidney beans are 5% protein by weight; Atlantic salmon is 22% protein by weight.

        Many WFPB docs recommend limiting high-fat plant foods such as nuts, for weight maintenance if nothing else.

        • DStack

          …even though the science from this site supports the idea that they won’t make you fat.

        • Canned beans, 5% protein by weight: Does that include the water they’re packed in?

          • brec

            I’m not sure. I used a nutrition info app I’ve got on my iPhone, and made my calculation on an entry for “Kidney Beans, 1 cup (9 oz.)”

          • Cool. I’d be interested in a protein to calorie ratio.

          • brec

            For the Kidney Beans entry I mentioned: 210 calories; 13.4g protein. And for the Atlantic salmon in my original comment here: 233 calories; 25g protein (“Atlantic salmon, cooked with dry heat; 1 serving (4 oz.)”)

          • Interesting. By calorie, the beans are 6.4% protein versus the salmon at 10.7%. Depending on one’s goals, that kind of closes the gap a little.

          • basskills

            I think the maths here is wrong. If beans are 210 calories; 13.4g protein. Its 4 calories per gram of protein. Therefore 13.4g protein means:

            13.4 x 4=53.6 calories of protein

            therefore ~26% protein, not 6.4%.

            With this mind, I am still confused about my original question :s

          • Was your original question about 80/10/10 macronutrient diet? Nutritional adequacy is more important than macronutrient ratios.

            PS. Sorry for my poor math skills. It was never my best subject. :-/

          • dewdroppings

            make gradual changes. Start with one vegan meal a day, for instance!

          • C.

            so agree, it takes a while….I swore when I took on this lifestyle that I would never place myself in a box (because when I do that, I always step out of it ::). What I can say is that it’s a wonderful lifestyle, once you learn it…but it takes a while

          • dewdroppings

            True some of us r more flexible than others!

      • Synergy

        While some plants are high in protein as well, it appears that protein sources with complete amino acid profiles (animal protein) raise IGF1 most effectively. For this reason, soy products should be limited to less than 5 servings a day, but generally the protein factor is not a problem for vegetarians meeting caloric needs with a sufficient variety of food sources.

        Some studies, I believe one even mentioned by Dr. Campbell, show that even soy does not have the impact of equivalent amino acid profile animal products on cancer risk. (Probably due to all of the mitigating phytochemicals counteracting any negative influence of protein).

        In particular, the sulfur containing essential amino acid methionine seems to be especially harmful in larger than required amounts.

        • A A

          Soy lowers breast cancer risk as of 2016.

      • dewdroppings

        Body fat is also implicated so keep slim. I lost 5 kilos in 10 days after diagnosis on purpose and I am 6.5% years out!
        Naturally without drugs except radiation.

      • C.

        The plant based conferences that I have been too, are about pushing green leafy vegetables, beans have been fine, seeds and nuts are not advised due to the fat content. Matter of fact, the speakers I have advised against fat, and state only limited amounts. Although personally, I have no problem with limited amounts of nuts and seeds…however, if you have a cancer, cardiac or other immune issues, I would advise limited, very limited fats…no matter the source. The other thing, is that I believe in the power of living food, however I cannot personally maintain a raw diet, but I believe that it is key to have a healthy amount of raw and cooked vegetables, due to the fiber. If I had a serious issue (cancer) going on I would be Raw as I could be…reason, I have seen issues reversed, or slow down (cancer). We have also seen type 2 diabetes, and cardiac disease reversed with both raw and cooked diets…If you haven’t been to any of the conferences you should check them out, plantation project, and Dr Neal Bernard Physicians Health Committee out in D.C. worth the weekend…

    • It’s not fat per se, but the type and source. Most animal fat tends to raise serum cholesterol. Non-tropical plant fats, especially unsaturated fats encased in their natural fibrous containers, tend to lower blood cholesterol.

      According to today’s video, that would be a considerable net advantage.

      • DGH

        I eat nuts and seeds every day but I blend them into a smoothie – I guess I am breaking down the fibrous shell by doing that and liberating fats. Also I eat tahini (crushed sesame seeds which are pre-roasted) – but a small amount – about 1-2 tbsp every day. Finally, I just bought a jar of pumpkin seed butter. BTW: Jack Norris RD had a question for you at:

        • Thanks for the heads up about Jack. I just answered him “privately”.

    • yardplanter

      There have been several videos here on nut consumption resulting in no weight increase ( as long as the amount is moderate – 50-100 gms a day). This implies it is not the amount of fat consumed , it is the amount of fat absorbed. The fiber in nuts keeps absorption down. However, many nutrients in nuts still make it through to the circulation. So at low ‘dosage’ you get the benefits but not the hazards. If you eat a sufficient number of nuts, fat will accumulate, and many many studies show fat accumulation is inflammatory – the leading edge of many pathologies. Hence all the emphasis on anti-oxidants/inflammatory in these videos. So, the difference lies largely in the amount You would have to eat a pound of nuts at one sitting to match what you can do with one egg. And yes there is a difference in the amino acid profile of plants vs animal protein, not to mention the hormone issue.

      • DGH

        Agreed. The amount of nuts makes a huge difference. Limit to 1-2 oz per day MAX.

        • val

          YES…I like to say “a PALMFUL” …not a “Fistfull” of the nuts each day…for me, pistachios are the most difficult to eat according to that rule! I don’t keep them in the house but do enjoy them around the holidays!

      • I’ll try again, on the consumption comment, the last one disappeared. “It’s not the nutrients you consume but rather the nutrients a body can and will absorb and utilize that matters.”

    • Rivka Freeman

      Pumpkin seeds are high in zinc, estrogen excess results from not enough zinc and too much copper. The fat in pumpkin seeds and plant sources is not the kind that stimulates cancer.

      • dewdroppings

        when I was diagnosed with BC seven years ago I was found to be high in copper. Zinc supplementation or eating zinc rich food is the antidote!

    • Evan

      Animal-based fats and animal based proteins are different structually and functionally that plant-based fats and plant-based proteins.
      Plant-based fats and plant-based proteins don’t help cancer cells grow as well as animal-based fats and proteins. If you really want to learn about this, check out the online course that Cornell has about this and/or just do some more research.

    • Christo Okulian

      i just wanna highlight a bit, from the transcript:

      ” Evidence for reduced breast cancer risk associated with consumption of sunflower and pumpkin seeds. Sunflower and pumpkin seeds were associated with reduced breast cancer risk….. Maybe it’s the phytosterols found concentrated in seeds.”

      both seeds contain a high phytosterols, i just have this link

      which told us the sunflower seed although having a high fat but full of phytosterol and become top contributor lowering cholesterol.

      and we need to understand between fats from animal that contains cholesterol and also contain bad pollutant vs fat from plant that contain phytosterol and contain other good stuff. so the source of the fats clearly defines the impact to our health. and of course it doesnt mean we need to drink the plant oil but to eat whole plant food that contain phytosterol.

    • Synergy

      Foods high in saturated fat, specifically, are most harmful. Foods highest in saturated fat overwhelmingly tend to be animal products. Mono and polyunsaturated fats from whole food sources tend to be beneficial in moderation. It is added oil that is to be avoided for these fats due to ease of oxidation, high caloric density and lack of synergistic chemical cofactors found in the whole food.

      As suggested in that last point, compounding the effects of saturated fat is the fact that animal sources of saturated fat have none of the countless beneficial phytochemicals of plant counterparts that can mitigate some of the harmful effects. It’s like speeding without a seat belt.

    • dewdroppings

      seeds are also high in fibre. We want to lower animal fat found in meat and cow’s milk.
      They also contain xeno hormones
      furious curious cancer survivor

    • C.

      Fat from a seed, and fat from an animal are different. Fat from an animal is highly inflammatory.

  • Stefan

    Hey doc.

    Standing desk/treadmill desk question, i see you use one.
    I see a couple of internet pages saying standing up is as bad as sitting down, any truth here ? Can you do a video on this ? If not a reply would be great.


  • charles grashow

    Does it matter how one lowers TC and LDL-C? For example – I eat geass fed raw ground beef, raw goat milk, goat milk kefir, hard boiled eggs, nuts, seeds, fruits, veggies, etc. I take 10mgs Atorvastatin/day plus other supplements. Last blood test – TC was 100, LDL-C was 47, Trigs were 43, HDL was 44 and LDL-P was 401.

    • Veganrunner

      Nice numbers Charles. TC 100. Have you ever had high cholesterol?

      • charles grashow

        When I followed a full blown paleo diet my TC was as high as 274 and calculated LDL was 199

        • Veganrunner

          Yikes! I guess what you eat does affect your cholesterol . (sarcasm)

          • charles grashow

            My question still stands – If my TC is now 100 and my LDL-C is now 47 does it matter how those numbers are attained?

    • As you know from my postings at CarbSanity, lipid lowering/atheroma regression can be accomplished with high dose statins, diet + statins, or a whole foods plant-based diet. The choice is yours.

      Scientifically speaking, the superiority of one method over another will take an intensive intravenous ultrasound (IVUS) comparative study. In the meantime…

      Danger of food poisoning and parasite infection aside from consuming raw animal products, Dr. Greger endorses a whole foods, plant-based diet to lower TC/LDL to regress atherosclerotic plaques AND reduce adverse coronary event a. Better not to make the mess in the first place than try to clean it up later.

      • charles grashow

        10mgs/day Atorvastatin is NOT a high dose statin.

        Since the mess – as you call it – was made in the first place why should it matter how it is cleaned up?

        After all – Dr. Esselstyn used statins.

        • Sorry to upset you, Charles. I did not say 10 mg was a high dose of statins. (Esselstyn used 5 mg, I believe.)

          I was referring to the whopping 80 mg of Atorvatstatin Cleveland Clinic’s Dr. Nissen talked about in this 3-part presentation:

          Intravascular Ultrasound Insight into the Pathophysiology of Coronary Disease

          Factors Driving Progression and Regression of Coronary Plaques

          New Targets for Anti-Atherosclerotic Therapy

          (Caveat: The HDL-raising drug mentioned in the 3rd part was pulled by the manufacturer due to increased mortality.)

          Plaque regression happened when LDL was lowered to 60 ml/dl or below.

          Of course, the mess has already been made in existing coronary artery disease. The point is, it helps if we don’t work at cross-purposes and keep adding to the underlying disease process with the foods we eat.

          If we’ve got an overflowing sink, it’s a good idea to turn off the faucet, not just to get more towels. :-)

          • charles grashow

            Esselstyn used lovastarin, 40 mg to 60 mg daily.

            Dr William Clifford Roberts says it doesn’t make any difference how one lowers TC and LDL – just get TC<150 and LDL<80, same as McDougall

          • Interesting. I knew Esselstyn used what he calls a belt-and-suspenders method with that first group of patients, but I didn’t know the dosages were that substantial. It will be interesting to see the published study waiting in the wings of his 200 most recent patients. He has more faith in the diet now than he had when he first started.

            It is possible, however, for some, and perhaps most, to reverse coronary plaques with diet alone, as Dr. Esselstyn’s colleague, Dr. Joseph Crowe, did. Following the protocol, I believe he got his TC down to 89 and his LDL down to 38 from a respectable 98. This slide from Dr. Esselstyn’s presentation demonstrates the result.

          • I hate when I double post stuff. Thanks, Sprint.

          • There are a number of ways to get TC down to <150 and LDL-C <80. A few examples:

            Infectious disease
            Nutritionally adequate plant-based diet

            Take your druthers. ;-)

            Due to food intolerances, I have to consume some animal protein, but I eat mostly plants. My lipids are very close to your admirable numbers but without cholesterol-lowering drugs…even though CVD runs in my family.

          • charles grashow

            What/how much animal protein do you eat?

          • As little as possible, 3x a week. Smart Chicken. Strips poached with balsamic vinegar and dill weed.

          • Darryl

            Here, William Castelli of the Framingam study notes that in the STARS and Ornish clinic reversibility studies, “for the same fall in cholesterol, if you get there with diet you did get twice the shrinkage of the deposits than trying to do it with drugs alone.”

            So the means of achieving these lipid thresholds may matter.

          • charles grashow


            “another multifactorial trial, so you can’t tell whether the benefit came from replacing SFA with PUFA, weight loss, increasing pectin, less trans fats, more LCO3, restricting commercial baked goods or potentially more whole plant foods.

          • I have no problem with the multifactorial nature of the study since cardiovascular disease is a multifactorial disease.

          • VegAtHeart

            Fascinating presentation, thanks. A quote from Nissen’s talk that gave me pause:

            “Even if we put statins in the water supply, cardiovascular disease would still be the leading cause of death!”

        • Veganrunner

          What were your levels before going on the statin? You have really low numbers. Have you tried not taking it and making dietary changes. I know many people are not willing to give up the animal and would rather take a medication. Obviously you don’t have muscle pain or weakness. Not everyone is able to lower their cholesterol through diet alone.

          • charles grashow

            I made a few changes to my diet before going on statins – eliminated coconut milk/oil and reduced the number of eggs eaten from 6/day to 1 day – unfortunately I didn’t get blood tested immediately before starting statins. After 3 months on statins the test results were TC 126, LDL 71, ApoB 64, HDL 48 and Trigs 36. I maintained the diet and added some additional supplements and the TC went to its present 100 and LDLwent to 47

          • Veganrunner

            Charles if you look above under videos and then statins you will find the relevant videos/research. And also look under eggs. You can make a decision that works best for you. I prefer WFPB.

          • charles grashow

            I prefer what I’m eating

          • À chacun son goût! :-)

          • Veganrunner

            Better yet. Watch

            All you questions are answered in this great video.

        • Joe

          It is worth noting other problems that statins may cause – for example, Cholesterol cannot cross the blood brain barrier – the brain makes it locally and it is essential. But, I’m betting statins do cross over, and deplete this important cholesterol from one area that really needs it.

          There is also the underlying issue of inflammation and damage to the blood vessels, which I believe dietary changes will repair, but statins won’t.

          Potentially, it could be very important to retrace ones steps down the same road that got them lost in the first place to properly reverse all negative effects, not just the cholesterol.

          But – I guess the issue is that if the cholesterol occlusions are the biggest threat, then doctors will want to deal with that as quickly as possible – probably by using statins. When most people come in to see doctors like Esselstyn, they haven’t got a lot of wiggle room, so I can understand the statin choice as an initial treatment.

          • brec

            Some statins are water-soluble and can’t cross the barrier; others are fat-soluble and can. Regardless, statins inhibit an enzyme involved in production of cholesterol in the liver; I’m guessing that they don’t deplete specifically brain cholesterol. One study found that fat-soluble statins provide a protective effect on the brain. (Indirect source: )

          • Joe

            Interesting. Thanks for the reply!

    • Thea

      charles: re: “Does it matter how one lowers TC and LDL-C?”

      I would say it does matter if the method is one you use long term, and if that method can create other serious problems for you. For example, the animal protein in the beef, dairy and egg products you talk about is linked to cancer promotion. You can see the video series on IGF-1 on this website to learn more about that.

      Also, while the drugs have clearly helped you, it just doesn’t make sense to me to continue to eat the cholesterol-laden foods (beef, dairy, eggs) that caused the problem in the first place.

      Plus, who wants to be on drugs long term? Those things usually have some pretty bad side effects. Esselstyn had people on drugs at first as *part* of a treatment for desperate people at the end of their line. But if memory serves, by the end of the study, everyone was either completely off the drugs or had them greatly reduced. They were able to do that because they were eating a low fat whole plant food based diet that did not include any animal products.

      Here’s a quote I found from his book on reversing heart disease, page 75:

      “…the drugs alone are not enough. In Chapter 5, I cited a study, recently reported int eh New England Journal of Medicine, in which huge doses of statins successfully reduced patients’ cholesterol levels well below 150 mg/dL. But even so, as their diet never changed, one our of four of the subjects experienced a new cardiovascular event or diet within thirty months.”

      That’s my final reason for the question, “Does it matter how…?” It matters because your ultimate goal (probably) has nothing to do with lowering cholesterol. Your real goal is likely to be about having a long healthy life free of heart attacks and stroke. The evidence I have seen says that the best way to reach that goal is to eat a diet like the one that Esselstyn recommends.

      Good luck to you. I hope your diet and drug combo works for you as long as you choose to go that route.

      • brec

        “Those things usually have some pretty bad side effects.” I’m not sure if “Those things” refer to drugs generally or statins specifically. In either case, however, I’d say that “usually” is hyperbole. “As a class, adverse events associated with statin therapy are not common.” —

        I’ve been taking statins for a couple of decades, and am unaware of any side effects.

        (Relax, guys — for about 1.5 years I’ve also been eating per Esselstyn, et al :)

  • Eileen
  • Eileen

    Hi, I just want to ask whether it could just be the cholesterol in the eggs stimulating breast cancer rather than the choline? I ask because there have been some studies suggesting choline is protective, and one of the previous videos on this site suggest choline is cancer stimulating.

    • Perhaps choline may play a role one way or another. Cancer cells use the same things normal cells use. All cells need cholesterol. Since uncontrolled cancer cells proliferate faster than normal cells, and since serum cholesterol levels drop so precipitously when cancer takes hold, they are apparently especially thirsty for serum lipids.

  • Nick Kokoshis

    this is the second video you’ve done that has a humm in the soundtrack. What’s up?

    • Jay M

      don’t look a gift horse in the mouth

  • Buyay

    1) What is your opinion on food combining rules? For example those that Herbert Shelton was promoting (eat fruit alone or with greens, don’t mix starch with protein, etc) Any science regarding this topic?
    2) Should calories on 100% whole food plant based diet be counted the same as on normal diet? Regarding studies in which adding healthy calories didn’t cause people to gain weight. (I’m too skinny and want to gain weight)

    • Thea

      Buyay: I’ll try to answer your questions as best I can.

      1) On food combining: I do not remember any videos specifically addressing the type of food combining that you listed as examples. Here is Dr. Greger’s overall nutrition recommendations, and you can see for yourself what I mean:

      On the other hand, Dr. Greger has covered some specific “food synergy” topics that may interest you. In these cases, one food is clinically found to improve absorbption of one or more mineral in another food. For example, if you eat a food high in vitamin C with foods high in iron, you can increase your absorption of iron. So, you may want to take those foods together. For more information:

      2) My understanding is that the best way to gain weight on a whole plant food based diet is to eat more calorie dense foods. This would include foods like nuts, dried fruits, and avocados. I know that Dr. Greger has a video on nuts not causing weight gain, but in my opinion, that can only hold true for so so many nuts. At some point, you will gain weight. Also note, even according to Dr. Greger’s videos, if you eat pre-ground ground nuts (nut butters, nut sauces, etc), then you increase your calorie absorption over eating unprocessed nuts.

      While you may not be a teen and/or an athlete, the following page may interest you. Not all of the recommendations on the page are whole foods, but there are some good ideas that may help and it is a site (Vegetarian Resource Group) that I trust.

      Hope that helps!

      • Buyay

        Thanks! Until they make some studies on this I’ll just have to experiment on myself I guess. :) I feel like I am consuming enough calories for my body weight (over 3000 kcal/day with 62 kg or 136 pounds) but the amount of food to consume is very unappealing as I go 100% healthy (not even olive oil). My biggest meal is 200g of legumes with 100g of brown rice or other whole grain + veggies. I wonder if it may be weakened gut flora which doesn’t allow me to build my body, because from what I’ve read the majority of healthy people eat less and weight more than me.

  • Sam

    what correlation does this have with cholesterol. Wont your body manufacture cholesterol when needed even when adhering to a low fat cholesterol free diet?

  • Woodsmith

    To Toast or not to Toast: I love pumpkin and sunflower seeds on my porridge (oatmeal). Dry-toasting pumpkin seeds in a pan makes them puff (a little like pop-corn) resulting in lovely texture and flavour. In some places I have read roasting nuts improves absorbability of nutrients but also in others that high temperatures may result in carcinogens or damaged fats – so which is better for pumpkins seeds (and other seeds and nuts) – to toast or not to toast?? Thanks for all your great work – the constant flow of new interesting, convincing and evidenced material (and also the sense of community) helps keep me and my family on the healthy path. You have changed my life thank you.

  • Yared

    Hey Doc, I want to ask about vitamin B12 and plant based diets. What do you know? Do you think is needed a suplement or not?

  • Tasos Papapetrou

    Cancer ”eats”fat?

  • C.

    The problem I have with STATINS, is that they also have long term nasty effects. Protective foods are simply foods that are not preserved, that are not synthetic(drugs), sugar & sweeteners…Get rid of the animal products, the oils, add more plant based foods.

  • Totally contradictory to the studies showing that “moderate” consumption of eggs (synonym of dietary cholesterol) increases HDL… Dietary cholesterol does not equal blood cholesterol, esp. the “bad” one. Its diet full of refined carbs and chemicals that makes our blood abundant of ROS and other free-radicals that make cholesterol oxidised and only that small part (sLDL) is the “ugly”, along with trigs. I LOVE Dr. Greger’s vids on fruits and veggies, but those on any kind of animal sources, regardless its quality (should be as high as possible), quantity (should be minimal) and processing level (as low as possible) tend to be less professional and easier to debunk by nutrition experts that oppose vegan way of eating… Sure, if you put sausages, salami, burgers from McDonalds into the same basket with free-range eggs, grass-fed beef or wild-caught salmon the results will always be against consumption of animal sources. Same like you would put avocados, kale and chia seeds into the same cluster as refined wheat flour, table sugar and refined soy oil – after all, those are all plant-based sources…

  • Adil Rana

    I came a cross this report that I am printing for group comments for authenticity and science.

    “Cholesterol is finally officially removed from List
    The US government has finally accepted that cholesterol is not a ‘nutrient of concern’, doing a U-turn on their warnings to us to stay away from high-cholesterol foods since the 1970s to avoid heart disease and clogged arteries.
    This means eggs, butter, full-fat dairy products, nuts, coconut oil and meat have now been classified as “safe” and have been officially removed from the “nutrients of concern” list.
    The US Department of Agriculture, which is responsible for updating the guidelines every five years, stated in its findings for 2015: “Previously, the Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommended that cholesterol intake be limited to no more than 300 mg/day.
    “The 2015 DGAC will not bring forward this recommendation because available evidence shows no appreciable relationship between consumption of dietary cholesterol and serum (blood) cholesterol, consistent with the AHA/ACC (American Heart Association / American College of Cardiology)
    The Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee will, in response, no longer warn people against eating high-cholesterol foods and will instead focus on sugar as the main substance of dietary concern.
    US cardiologist Dr Steven Nissen said: “It’s the right decision. We got the dietary guidelines wrong. They’ve been wrong for decades.”
    “When we eat more foods rich in this compound, our bodies make less. If we deprive ourselves of foods high in cholesterol – such as eggs, butter, and liver – our body revs up .
    The Real Truth about Cholesterol
    The majority of the cholesterol in you is produced by your liver. Your brain is primarily made up from cholesterol. It is essential for nerve cells to function. Cholesterol is the basis for the creation of all the steroid hormones, including estrogen, testosterone, and corticosteroids. High cholesterol in the body is a clear indication
    which shows the liver of the individual is in good health.
    Dr. George V. Mann M.D. associate director of the Framingham study for the incidence and prevalence of cardiovascular disease (CVD) and its risk factors states: “Saturated fats and cholesterol in the diet are not the cause of coronary heart disease. That myth is the greatest deception of the century, perhaps of any century”
    Cholesterol is the biggest medical scam of all time.
    There is no such thing as bad Cholesterol!
    So you can stop trying to change your Cholesterol level. Studies prove beyond a doubt, cholesterol doesn’t cause heart disease and it won’t stop a heart attack. The majority of people that have heart attacks have normal cholesterol levels.
    ONLY 15% OF CHOLESTEROL IS BEING DONATED BY THE FOOD WE EAT. If the fat content is less in our food we eat, our liver
    Got to work more to maintain the level at 950 mg. If the cholesterol level is high in our body, it shows the liver is working perfect.
    Experts say that there is nothing like LDL or HDL.
    ………….. Cholesterol is not found to create block any where in human body.”

    • Tom Goff

      This is all deliberately misleading tosh. It is a grotesque distortion of what the guidelines actually say. However, it is typical of the health-damaging false claims found on thousands of dubious websites operated by people selling books etc touting diets high in saturated fat in cholesterol, and also by other people who believe them but aren’t trying to make money out of these claims. The fact is that there is a big market of people who want to be told that eating meat, butter, cheese, eggs., coconut oil is safe. And there are unscrupulous people who are only too willing to tell them that if there’s a buck in it. Of course, they are probably outnumbered by the ignorant cranks who genuinely believe this nonsense.

      What the guidelines actually say is this
      “The body uses cholesterol for physiological and structural functions but makes more than enough for these purposes. Therefore, people do not need to obtain cholesterol through foods.

      The Key Recommendation from the 2010 Dietary Guidelines to limit consumption of dietary cholesterol to 300 mg per day is not included in the 2015 edition, but this change does not suggest that dietary cholesterol is no longer important to consider when building healthy eating patterns. As recommended by the IOM,[24] individuals should eat as little dietary cholesterol as possible..”

      Websites like the one you apparently got this collection of false claim after false claim after false claim from, are totally unreliable as sources of factually correct information about nutrition. If you rely on them to guide your dietary choices, you risk doing grave long term damage to your health.

  • Breda Bree

    avocados shrink tumours as they deny the cancer cells glucose. theres a huge difference between animal fats and healthy plant based fats like coconut oil or flax. definitely a contradiction mentioning that seeds help, since they contain good fats

  • Breda Bree

    plaques are secreted by the body as an aid to keeping arteries from bursting when they crack from depletion of vitamin c, a result of eating bad fats and a bad diet. these plaques are counted as cholesterol but are not a cause but a symptom. eating a healthier diet high in plant foods and low in bad fats, especially animal fats, means the body doesnt have to counteract and secret bad cholesterol, which should be taking as an indicator

  • ck

    Can someone knowledgeable please clarify whether eating a legume-rich diet promotes (existing) breast cancer, OR has properties that can defeat it? Thank you.

  • angelica

    An acquaintance has been diagnosed with breast cancer (unsure what level). She is taking meds and is on a restricted diet to try and shrink the tumor before anything else. She was told to avoid sugar because the tumor feeds off sugar in the body. She is an advocate of eating simple whole foods, except for one important note – to include animals products (she’s follower of Weston-Price). She’s avoiding sugar but shouldn’t she also be avoiding animal products because of the high cholesterol?

    • Thea

      angelica: In addition to the information presented on this page, there are several reasons a person with breast cancer should avoid animal products (meat, dairy and eggs). Here is an overview of the information about breast cancer:

      If this person is a follower of Weston-Price, she may not be able to take in this information. But if you think she is open to learning, you could give her the above link. You could also refer her to the book: The China Study.

      • angelica

        Thank you, Thea. Unfortunately, I don’t think she’s open to this at the moment. However, I’ll still share this page and the link you provided to as many people as I can. Peace