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Cholesterol Confusion

Just when you think you’ve got the cholesterol thing down, the headlines start to scream that cholesterol doesn’t matter anymore. No wonder we’re all confused!

So just to set the story straight: the cholesterol at the center of the latest headlines is DIETARY cholesterol, the kind you find in an egg or a piece of steak. And the big news is that the cholesterol that comes from food probably does little to impact cholesterol levels in the blood.

Abnormal BLOOD cholesterol is still a significant health concern and remains a recognized and important risk factor for heart disease. It just so happens that the vast majority of the cholesterol that floats around in our blood does not come from food – rather it is made inside our bodies.

Physicians involved in treating high BLOOD cholesterol have recognized for years that DIETARY cholesterol has little impact on the blood test numbers. What really drives abnormal blood cholesterol levels are simple and processed carbohydrates in our diets. In fact, some of the worst cholesterol profiles are in people who eat a very low fat, low cholesterol diet. And there are good biological reasons for this – but that’s a topic for another blog.

What’s important to remember is that the effects of food on our health are far more complex than can be defined by any one dietary component. The best approach has worked for millennia: always eat real whole food. Not too much. Mostly plants. 

At Step One Foods we take great pride in having created products that rise above the noise. Our foods are made of real, whole ingredients all shown to improve cardiovascular health. We will always provide you with foods you can trust because our central mission is to help you improve your health.

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