Some Amazing Facts about Cholesterol—Part IV

Some Amazing Facts about Cholesterol—Part IV

One of the true causes of coronary heart disease—formation of a plaque in an artery which could lead to a heart attack—is inflammation. The classic signs of this are redness, heat and swelling. The medical dictionary defines a plaque as a “…swelling on the inside wall of an artery….” One of the main causes of this inflammatory process is refined sugar in the diet (i.e. table sugar or sucrose and high fructose corn syrup). Studies and medical research have proven that chlorine in our water also causes inflammation in the arteries leading to the formation of plaques.
Dwight Lundell, M.D., one of America’s top heart surgeons, proved that sugar is one of the main causes of the formation of plaques. After performing more than 5,000 bypass surgeries he studied the arteries very closely. In each artery he found inflammation. Through biochemical research he proved that the inflammation was caused by the sugar. He also observed that sugar molecules cannot exist alone, so they attach themselves to cholesterol.
In these particular cases the culprit is not cholesterol but the effects of refined sugar and chlorine.
If cholesterol isn’t the bad guy and we don’t need to avoid or limit it, what constitutes a heart-healthy diet? Check out Part V of our series on cholesterol for the answer.