There’s this craze around eating cholesterol
increases bad cholesterol, so about cholesterol endogenously in our system. It’s about 20
percent of the cholesterol you’re eating from food, so animal proteins that have cholesterol
in them and about 80 percent is endogenously, so inside of our bodies made by the liver.
And the number one thing that triggers your body to make more cholesterol is inflammation
caused by refined carbohydrates and sugars. So we really have this misperception around
cholesterol. I can tell you, if I take a patient of mine that’s on the standard American
diet – lots of refined foods, lots of sugars, lots of carbs – we take out the muffin,
we take out the bagel, we take out all of that kind of stuff and really go to more of
the Paleo-type diet, which is pretty high protein, but it’s also very, very high vegetables,
that profile completely shifts.