“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” -Hippocrates.
Healing properties of food have been reported by cultures worldwide throughout history. Over the past decade we have uncovered, through numerous clinical studies, all the health benefits individual foods can offer! By identifying the various nutrients associated with these benefits, we can heal our bodies with food better than pills, potions, and powders ever could.
“There is a wealth of…evidence that increasing the concentration of HDL cholesterol through diet will lower the risk of coronary artery disease.” –R.P. Mensink, Maastricht University.1
When it comes to eating heart healthy diets, new science proves we shouldn’t be concerned with lowering total cholesterol, instead we should focus on raising our HDL levels (the “good cholesterol”). Researchers have found that people with low HDL levels run a much greater risk for heart disease.
“Our focus of trying to reduce our LDL and total cholesterol levels (especially saturated fats) may not have just failed to reduce heart disease risk- but it might have actually increased it along with decreasing our health, weakening our blood sugar control, and increasing insulin resistance and obesity.” - The Journal of American Medical Association
So, how do we increase our HDL levels? We replace unhealthy starches and sweets with healthy sources of fat. Try to consume more seafood, coconut, milled flax seeds, and chia seed and try to avoid starches as they lower HDL.
Written by: Mallory McCormick, Weigh and Win Health Coach