Dr. Michael Eades: ‘Fat Drives HDL Levels Up’

Filed under: Low-carb side effects — @ April 15, 2006

I had the distinct privilege and honor to meet one of the greatest ambassadors for the low-carb lifestyle in January at a low-carb conference that took place in Brooklyn, New York. I’m referring to Dr. Michael Eades, of course, who along with his wife Dr. Mary Dan Eades wrote the bestselling “Protein Power” books.

Dr. Michael Eades always communicates an intriguing perspective on the nutritional science that comes out. While most of the health establishment tries to make the dietary data that releases to the public fit their low-fat agenda in their analysis, Dr. Eades quietly but effectively points out how science is finally pointing to low-carb living as a much healthier lifestyle alternative.

Take the issue of HDL cholesterol, for example. After my recent visit to the doctor for a physical, he was “alarmed” by my high LDL in my blood work results. Lost in the shuffle of his grave concern over my LDL cholesterol being 172 was the fact that my HDL cholesterol was a whopping 72.

bq. When I noted [my high HDL number] to my doctor after my recent physical, he wasn’t impressed. His reaction was, “Well, your LDL is still much too high and must come down.” But, but, but…oh, nevermind, I forgot he comes from the Dean Ornish School Of Nutritional Closed-Mindedness! It seems most people in the medical profession today have graduated from that school with honors because they’re not giving low-carb the respect it deserves.

Dr. Eades said we’ve got science on our side in the debate over which nutritional approach is more effective against heart disease. While people like Dr. Ornish point to fat as the enemy and base their support for their way of eating around that point, Dr. Eades views fat from the very opposite point of view.

Check out what Dr. Eades said about the role of fat in regards to cholesterol:

bq. If you want to get your HDL-cholesterol levels up, you have to eat fat. Fat intake drives HDL-cholesterol levels up; decreasing fat in the diet–as Dean Ornish has discovered to his chagrin–drops HDL-cholesterol levels. So, if you want to raise your HDL-cholesterol level by putting something other than your foot in your mouth, try a cheeseburger, hold the bun, hold the fries. It’s a lot tastier.

Read more about what Dr. Eades says about the healthy benefits of high-HDL cholesterol levels as well as how high-LDL levels may not be as bad as we’ve been told by clicking here.

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