Health Tip – July 19 – The Real Culprit in Heart Disease
The secret culprit of cardiovascular illness and abnormal cholesterol production in today’s world is sugar. Table sugar, high fructose corn syrup and refined flour products all cause blood glucose levels to spike. That leads to insulin resistance and chronic inflammation, two major contributors to heart disease. Blood sugar imbalances (resulting from eating a high glycemic diet) cause your good cholesterol numbers to go down, your triglycerides to go up and inflammation to wreak havoc.
Deficiencies of vitamins A, D, E and the family of B vitamins (most notably B6 and B12) are also contributors to heart disease. Where do we get these vitamins and antioxidants? Rich sources include whole, unprocessed foods and healthy fats, as well as moderate consumption of high-quality saturated fats like organic butter.
Completely avoiding a small natural steak or pat of butter now and then only means you may be missing out on a concentrated source of essential nutrients.