“Eating Cholesterol Doesn’t Raise Cholesterol” Debunked


I’m Mike, and today, one of America’s favorite slogans: “Eating cholesterol doesn’t raise cholesterol.” We’re gonna look at the two tricks that industries use to manipulate science to get to that conclusion. And also we’re gonna crack open some studies showing what actually happens within your body after you eat cholesterol, on an hour-by-hour basis. There seems to be a trend today in dietary advice that the healthier thing is the opposite of common sense. That fat doesn’t make you fat, that being overweight is actually healthier, that meat doesn’t cause cancer, and that eating more cholesterol doesn’t raise cholesterol. And this idea about cholesterol in particular is plastered everywhere. It’s got articles about it. There are books, whose authors, when talking about heart attacks, leave such gems as: “Do you know a better way of dying?” But what research gave us the idea that eating more cholesterol raises cholesterol in the first place? Well, in addition to the animal studies, there are also the chemistry of atherosclerotic plaques, worldwide epidemiology, and human feeding studies. There have countless studies like this meta-analysis, showing that blood cholesterol concentration is clearly increased by added dietary cholesterol, leading scientists to say that the human body has no tolerable level of cholesterol intake. So what happened that obscured our view of this research and the other mountains of researchers linking dietary cholesterol to cholesterol levels? This brings me to crooked industry science. Let’s look at two ways that cholesterol sensitive industries engineer their studies. Firstly, they take advantage of fasting cholesterol levels. Here is a legitimate study that shows what happens to blood cholesterol after a meal with no cholesterol and meals with various levels of cholesterol — in this case from eggs. For some scale, Jamie Oliver’s Two Egg Omelette puts you here. If any sane person actually saw this graph, they would drop the cholesterol myth instantly. But most people never get anywhere near this stuff. As you may have guessed, the egg industry was not pleased by these findings, so their angle: Wait until cholesterol goes back down to fasting levels. From some distinguishably non-vegan reviewers of this egg research: “fasting LDL cholesterol levels are determined mainly by cholesterol production in the liver overnight, and have little to do with what the patient consumed the previous day…” Fasting cholesterol is actually where this chart started and can be reached again after 11 or 12 hours of no eating. And that’s where they grab their data. Sneaky, little hobbitses. But that’s not what’s happening in reality. In reality, lunch happens and then dinner happens. The danger of this is summed up by those non-vegans, again, with: “Dietary cholesterol increases cardiovascular risk, probably mainly because of the postprandial (or: after-meal) effects: for several hours after a high-cholesterol meal there is an increase in oxidative stress, vascular inflammation, and adverse effects on endothelial function (or: the lining of your arteries)…” This explains why a heavy meal can increase your chance of getting a heart attack by four times within two hours of eating. Nevertheless, these egg industry studies, trickle down to nutritionists like Chris Kresser, leading them to say: “[…]eating cholesterol isn’t going to give you a heart attack.” …Let that sink in. It’s also important to note, that eating cholesterol specifically raises your LDL (or: “bad cholesterol”), as this feeding study shows. This study had everybody eat the same diet for two weeks. Then they devided them into different diet groups. After four weeks: Here is the raise in LDL (or: “bad cholesterol”) for the high saturated fat / low cholesterol group. And add a few eggs worth of cholesterol and it’s about five times worse. Showing that saturated fat and cholesterol kind of team up together to raise your bad cholesterol. The next industry trick is to take advantage of the cholesterol ceiling. From this meta-analysis, here is a study showing the relationship between cholesterol eaten and how much cholesterol rises, highlighting that it depends on how much you already eat. Add three eggs worth of daily cholesterol to a diet of somebody like a vegan, who eats no cholesterol and — boom — it shoots up dramatically. But add an omelette for someone who has already been eating Jamie Oliver’s bacon superfood diet every day, and you get a tiny reaction. So you can experiment on people who already have a high cholesterol intake, like the average American, and escape statistical significance. In other words: “[…] changes in serum (or: blood) cholesterol would be expected to be minimal if cholesterol was added to a diet already rich in cholesterol.” So when you’re designing your egg study, look at people who are eating the Standard American Diet (SAD) and if you happen to get any people that are slightly healthy and see a raise in cholesterol, call them “hyperresponders” and forget about them. Then stamp your study with the accurate but totally evil: “[…] these data indicate that the consumption of a high-cholesterol diet does not negatively influence the atherogenicity of the LDL particle.” Then you get a media shitstorm about how cholesterol is your “best friend”. This whole premise is very well illustrated by comparing the cancer risk of people that smoke between 20 – 30 years and the risk of people that smoke for over 30 years. No difference! Because it’s all horrible. It seems that we’re simply studying a sick population. “If exposure to a necessary agent is homogenous within a population, then case/control and cohort methods will fail to detect it.” And since the US is a country where fatty streaks, which are the beginning of atherosclerosis, are found in virtually all three-year-olds, you can see where this becomes pretty easy for the industry. And I know what you’re thinking; I’m probably pulling the industry conspiracy card, which has no backing, but that is not true. Wait until you see the American Egg Board’s reaction to this study that found a similar exponential increase in artery damage with egg consumption as it did with smoking cigarettes — two thirds as much artery blocking, to be exact. American Egg Board E-Mails were acquired through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), exposing their efforts to combat this without letting the public know it was them, by enlisting their “‘friends’ in the scientific community.” When talking to those “scientist friends”, they said: “[…] we will certainly compensate you.” But industry corruption is not all too surprising nowadays, so let’s move on to the final piece of the puzzle, and that is: Ideal levels of bad cholesterol. If you’ve seen my videos, you know that ideal levels of bad cholesterol, as defined by Paleo founders (that are very anti-vegan), is between 50 – 70 mg/dL and that ideal level of bad cholesterol is only seen in populations of people that don’t consume any cholesterol, also known as vegans, which should really be proof enough that dietary cholesterol increases cholesterol. In conclusion: Anyone that tells you that dietary cholesterol does not raise cholesterol is completely insane or has just fallen for industry science. In the end, you can either cut out cholesterol and live a life like this and end up with ideal cholesterol or keep eating cholesterol and roll the dice three times a day. So ditch animal products since they are the only source of dietary cholesterol and if you have done that, if you’ve gone on a plant based diet and seen your cholesterol lower, feel free to make it known in the comments below. Also, if you haven’t subscribed already, go ahead and do that. All right. Thank you for watching!

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  1. Kevin Jackson

    I Don't understand why vegans keep starting shit. Just eat your way and stop fuckin with people . Mike all you do is degrade others, mind your own Goddam buisiness. You make me fuckin sick. Leave carnivores alone, We're fuckin powerful and athletically superior . Let this shit go.

  2. amurphy9191

    32 years old. Took a blood test a few hours after eating a burger. Triglycerides, HDL, LDL and total cholesterol all high. Strict vegan diet. Retested a week later. Everything within normal limits. Its that simple. I don't need no damn study.

  3. tractor

    Cholesterol is ok stupid ! Our brain is over 90 % cholesterol. That's y you are so stupid !
    Cholesterol is made ! Your liver is making cholesterol, stupid !
    Screw u, " researchers !

  4. Frank Patrick Lennarz

    Please make more videos about how meat, egg and dairy industry design studies to make them look favorable. That is great knowledge to share. As always great video Mic.

  5. Shabuti R18

    "Crooked industry science" huh. Nah. Sounds more to me like the scientists dont really know, which isnt all that rare if you look at history.

    In the reality of things, diet trends dont make any sense because of how little we know about how diets effect us in general. The conclusions are constantly changing. Eggs are good, then eggs are bad, then eggs are good again, then they are bad again.

    In any case, I used to shovel down cholesterol like water and had my blood work done once a year up until I was 26 and it always came back with my cholesterol levels being perfectly fine, even if I ate a buffalo chicken sandwich prior to the blood work being taken which I would frequently do. My blood sugar levels would read higher, but my cholestrol wouldnt.

    May be anecdotal, but isnt all of the data just a collection of anecdotal evidence?

  6. Vegan Mobster

    I've been vegan for four and a half months now. My cholesterol and weight have dropped significantly. My latest blood numbers show that it went up a little, but I am assuming that's from all the horrible food I used to eat, that is still cleansing from my body and getting into my blood. I think those numbers will get better and better as time goes on. Very happy with this way of life and love your channel. Extremely informative.

  7. Cathy Johnston

    My mom had been vegetarian about 15 years. At about age 80 she decided to also give up eggs & dairy. She was able to cut blood pressure meds in half & her total cholesterol dropped from 226 to 162 in less than a year. She's now a very healthy 82 year old vegan! It's NEVER too late!

  8. bcubed72

    Gee, should I listen to a lettuce-head, or a renowned medical institution?
    https://health.clevelandclinic.org/why-you-should-no-longer-worry-about-cholesterol-in-food/

  9. maya gunay

    my cholestrol is 323 ( overall ) ldl 240 hdl 54 and im afraid 😢 thats why ı started being vegan. today was my second day. it is bit hard because ı feel hungry🙈

  10. Phil's Wife

    A friend of mine said his doctor told him he should only eat avocados a couple times a week because his cholesterol was high…now I'm confused. I thought avocados helped lower cholesterol.

  11. Matt Bayley

    my cholesterol improved so much after going on a plant based diet. I was on a one way ticket to heart attack city. Thank god i found out about plant based diet. i have so much energy now after a few years and still improving physically!

  12. Tatiana Kabacoff

    Oof 'What I've Learned' posted a video about cholesterol the other day and it's the stupidest thing I've ever thing in a channel with so much poten5

  13. Mohr Lee

    I have a couple doubts:
    1. If you debunk the statement “eating cholesterol won’t raise your cholesterol level”, how do you advocate “eating carbs like starch won’t raise your blood sugar level”? They both stand on the point that cholesterol and sugar in your blood decreases with time and it decreases faster when you take higher doses. How would you argue carbs are safe while cholesterol is not? What’s the main different between the tends of dropping of the two?
    2. According to your graph, cholesterol level drops with time but before it reduces to a safe level, a meat-eater would take lunch or dinner and make it bad once again. Ok, does that mean one can make his/her cholesterol level normal if the one cuts animal products in one day? If so, then a meat-eater would say, okay, assuming you’re right, I’m healthy now, and I’ll just continue eating meat and egg till I’m old and my cholesterol reaches a dangerous level then I’ll have vegan diets and I’ll be healthy in one day.

    I like this video, especially the part debunking their “cholesterol ceiling”. Man, these people have been thinking their brains out to create such arguments.

  14. Joseph1NJ

    Before the video started, a statin commercial featuring Howey Mandel. Ironic or sad? 100% of my older friends that were prescribed a statin developed type 2 diabetes within 2 years. I knew there was a connection. Years later the warnings started to come out, statins raise your risk of developing diabetes significantly.

  15. Super .Heefer

    I eat plenty of high cholesterol food, eggs pretty much every day, and my levels are fine.

    There is only one kind of cholesterol. The proteins that transport it (LDL and HDL) are the difference btw. High sugar diets are what cause damage to arteries. LDL comes to fill the damage from inflammation. HDL particles get stuck. X(

    I'm not partial to any kind of diet. I'm just trying to learn nutrition and biology in my free time. I'll stick to learning for myself instead of just cherry picking studies that confirm my bias.

  16. Dinar AndFriends

    Another trick is to limit the study to very old people and claim that those with more LDL lived longer. This is because many older people have illnesses such as cancer which lower their LDL, not because the LDL is protective.

  17. Tom G

    The question is not really wah what increase cholesterol, but if cholesterol is healthy or not I read many confusing studies about his, please make a video on the Subjekt and debunk them
    https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/02/160211083044.htm
    https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/314693.php?utm_source=TrendMD&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=Medical_News_Today_TrendMD_1

  18. stephen miller

    After 1 year 9n a plant based diet, my cholesterol dropped 30 points. I spent years on the verge of being prescribed statins to manage my cholesterol levels (just like my parents). Now my cholesterol levels are very good. #nogoingback

  19. The Neighbor Guy

    …you failed to mention the same studies you quoted also say that a low level of cholesterol significantly increased risk of cancer.

  20. Citizenthirteen

    Doctors and the ag and food industry should be investigated and prosecuted. For once I'd like to hear a doctor say " your high blood pressure is not due to a lack of Ramipril in your bloodstream" or " your high cholesterol is not due to a lack of Crestor " Thats how bad it has gotten. They are all drinking the Kool Aid that everything is genetic and theres nothing else we can do.

  21. Pleiadian

    I have 97mg/dl total cholesterol with extremelly low ldl at 47mg/dl and hdl 35mg/dl. There is not doctor that did not tell me how dangerous for health such low cholesterol count is. Newborn babies have 30 LDL and in populations with not heart disease have 90mg/dl total cholesterol. Do not fall for the brainwashing lies these doctors preach. A total cholesterol of 90 o 100 mg/dl is a perfect cholesterol for the humans. Their normal preached total chol. level between 150-200mg/dl is killing millions of people across the world yearly.

  22. juan manuel mc

    you didn't debunk it, the studies you cited look at meals with both saturated fats, trans fats from margarine and dietary cholesterol, so the changes can easily be attributed to trans and saturated fats rather than dietary cholesterol, that being said, while there might be an initial increase from dietary cholesterol in blood cholesterol, the body will usually lower its production of cholesterol instead.

    nice misrepresentation though!!

  23. Mr. Erdoğan

    Hey Mic. New sub here – love your channel. How does exercise play into all this? And how are people who exercise regularly affected by eating heavy cholesterol foods. Do you have a video about this?
    Thanks. Keep making great videos!

  24. Bob Builder

    This is not correct. The greatest factor to serum cholesterol levels is the mix of carbohydrates and fats you consume. The reason why eggs are brought up so often is they contain a lot of dietary cholesterol but very little fat and thus do not contribute to an increase in serum cholesterol. This "egg lobby" red hearing is ignoring the majority of literature on the subject. It is ok to be a vegan but you are misinforming your audience due to you ignorance. Biologists and nutritional scientist at all the worlds top universities disagree with your conclusions.

  25. Deus Ex

    even Harvard now say dietary cholesterol has no effect on blood cholesterol https://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/panel-suggests-stop-warning-about-cholesterol-in-food-201502127713

  26. Tamera Davis

    Went completely vegan almost 2 months ago, to avoid statin drugs and other hereditary health concerns. I have blood work due in October, so looking forward to seeing the numbers.

  27. marian roberto

    an hamburger for ex is 70% bread and 30 meat
    and is a farm meat garbage
    but all studies are from omnivores not just eating meat so is not reliable , carbohydrates are far worst them meat

  28. marian roberto

    Research on Carbs and Cholesterol. Carbohydrate consumption from refined carbohydrates that are high in sugar and low in fiber such as cookies and cakes, is associated with lower levels of HDL and higher levels of LDL and triglycerides, which is associated with an increased risk for heart disease

  29. Ej

    Great video. Just watched dr. Gregger's video about the hegsted equation relating % calories from saturated fat to blood cholesterol. https://youtu.be/2Ftoy6jqxm8?t=31

    He shows the change in cholesterol is the same regardless of starting cholesterol.

    Your graph at 4:19 was similar but relates daily cholesterol to blood cholesterol. Your graph shows the change in cholesterol depends on what your cholesterol started out to be.

    So to summarize, if I eat something with saturated fat only (coconut oil) my cholesterol will rise the same amount regardless of what my blood cholesterol was to start. But if I eat something high in cholesterol (without saturated fat, if there is such a thing) then my change in cholesterol depends on my starting cholesterol.

  30. Jon Heffley

    Since Mic invited me to share my experience, I will. My blood lipid levels are 100% picture perfect as of my last blood test, although I threw the results away so I can't tell you numbers. I'm 46 and eat eggs from my own pastured chickens freely, often 3-4 at a time, several times per week. I eat grass-fed beef too. I mostly avoid wheat and dairy and I take fish oil supplements.

  31. Mike B

    I inferred the premise of your argument is that cholesterol is the prime determinate in cardio vascular disease (otherwise, why care about cholesterol levels). If that is the case, you might want to provide evidence to support that proposition. You merely brushed over that topic as if it were a given. There are many that disagree and their evidence is compelling. Given the sad state of US health in general and the prevailing obsession with lowering cholesterol, I tend to reject the cholesterol-is-bad argument.

  32. Healing Nature

    Many people say: 'but cholesterol is good for you as your body needs it! They also say: 'but salt is good for you as your body needs it therefore have as much as you like'. They fail to understand that it is the quantity of it that makes the difference

  33. Colleen Trentowsky

    My boyfriend was diagnosed with extremely high cholesterol about 3 years ago. The doctor wanted to put him on med's right away but he asked if he could have time to improve his cholesterol with diet. He started eating whole food plant based with me. He was your typical guy eating meat with every meal but he did eat veggies and fruit too. He thought he was eating very healthy. 6 months after eating WFPB he went back for a blood test it came back perfect! The doctor was really surprised and impressed. She told him to keep doing what he was doing and if he did want meat to only have it as a treat once a week. After 3 years he no longer craves meat! I'm very happy with how well he is doing.

  34. Swaganomics 101: Jimmy Rustles

    While it is true that there are studies that support both (cholesterol bad, cholesterol harmless), more recently most well sourced medical websites say it's harmless, but regardless of that, I'll go with anecdotal evidence, and from what I've seen, most long-term vegans simply don't look like they thrive, so I think I'll stick to a well balanced omnivore diet with a little bit of everything.

  35. Curtis Rodrick

    75% of your total cholesterol is synthesized by your liver in a fasting state. Bad saturated fats can substantially raise LDL as well as large amount of red meat and full fat dairy products. However what you fail to point out is that total cholesterol and for the most part LDL is genetic. Furthermore LDL is only a threat to cardiac health if that person has co morbidities or genetic risk factors. Roughly have of first heart attacks happen to individual with LDL levels under 200. Calcium scores are the gold standard of any prediction for cardiac events, period. anyone who says different has an agenda.

  36. Cloppa2000

    First video of urs i've seen and i can immediately tell u dont have a clue about physiology. In fact stopped wasting my time on this at 3:40.
    I will never watch another!
    Stop misleading people by making videos implying u understand the science and know what ur talking about!

  37. Caitlin E

    Hey Mic, I'm seeing a lot of people say we need cholesterol for absorbing vitamin d, we need it for good skin… etc.. Do you have anything that could shed some light on those claims?

  38. Serpent Noose

    Eggs are perfectly healthy for you if you do not over cook them. Cholesterol isn’t the culprit of heart disease and clogged arteries. It’s the high sugar diets that cause inflammation of the arteries which cause the cholesterol to build up around the damaged areas.

  39. Jose Palmieri

    Mic, love your videos. I used to watch Dr. Greger’s mostly, but now I watch both, they compliment and reinforce each other and helps me to remember what I learn. And what better example of capitalism at work, twisting the data to maintain profits to the detriment of people’s health. One suggestion though, no background music please!

  40. Alexandra Rodriguez

    I listened to that quack "Dr." Berg and Axe and went on a "healthy keto" diet for about a year and made a bad health situation even worse. My mother and father did it too and my my was having chest pains and my father's cardiovascular disease got so bad he was hospitalized several times. The misinformation out there about eating animal products being good for you is literally killing people.

    I went Vegan about two months ago for the animals, the planet and my health and I feel amazing. My body is healing but I still have a long way to go. My father's blood pressure is almost normal again and is able to start weening off his meds. I still have some supplements from Berg (wheat grass juice powder and electrolye powder) but don't take them anymore. I don't know if I can trust what is in them coming from him and the liar he is.

    Funny thing is since going Vegan I don't need to take supplements (except B12). I eat a balanced whole food Vegan diet. I only wish I did this much much sooner. Please continue to expose lies these corrupt industries and people put out there. Peace~

  41. Tyler Stockdale

    This is a confusing paradox. I'm a plant based pescetarian and I view both vegan and keto diets as healthy, yet cholesterol is the part that stumps me. I read the Minnesota Coronary Experiment and the Sydney Diet Heart Study.
    High linoleic acid intake with little saturated fat showed a reduction in cholesterol, but an increase in oxidation. This indicated a higher risk of coronary heart disease, which was linked to arterial lesions and inflammation.
    On the other hand, high blood cholesterol had no link to arterial plaque or heart disease. This is quite different from other studies that link cholesterol to arterial plaque.
    The MCE study used corn oil as the main source of LA, which to me is not healthy whatsoever. And like you mentioned, they can't account for other lifestyle factors in these studies. I'm at the point where I think these studies are pointless and there's no clear cut answer. I obsess over health too much and believe there are areas where you can't know everything. If the smartest minds in nutrition and medical research are at odds on this subject, then how can we everyday people make a conscious choice? This is a grey area in nutrition and it has been for too long. They need better research.
    On an anecdotal point of view, eskimos who subsist only on meat have a very low heart disease rate. As well, Japan is less than 1/3 compared the US, yet they eat lots of white rice, vegetables and moderate protein. I believe what it comes down to is a balance of vitamins and minerals. Cholesterol gets regulated and produced by the liver, so I think it's inconsequential.

  42. Bethany Hinson

    The study you use to show that 'eggs are as bad as smoking for arterial plaque' is so flawed. It makes the assumption that correlation means causation. It is also contradictory to the point of the video as it shows that increased egg intake does not increase plasma cholesterol? This is such pseudoscience rubbish! Stop promoting bad science. I eat a plant based diet, and I am well aware of the benefits as a graduate in both undergraduate and postgraduate nutrition and dietetics. Unscientific pseudo-rubbish is what gives veganism a bad name! Just because there is a study on a topic doesn't mean that a) the study has robust methods and therefore the results are valid AND b) the results are representative of the entire population. As well, nutrition studies are extremely hard to do as its near enough impossible to control for all variables that may impact your outcome. Sort it out man!

  43. StrategicMadness

    Interesting. But, Researchers chose 30 studies in total to analyse. 28 studies looked at the link with death from any cause. Twelve found no link between LDL and mortality, but 16 actually found that lower LDL was linked with higher mortality risk – the opposite to what was expected.
    The researchers concluded that, "High LDL-C is inversely associated with mortality in most people over 60 years". They said their finding contradicts the cholesterol hypothesis: that cholesterol, particularly LDL, causes fatty build-up in the arteries. 
    They consider that as they found older adults with high LDL live just as long as those with low LDL, this "provides the rationale for a re-evaluation of guidelines recommending pharmacological reduction of LDL-C in the elderly".

    https://www.nhs.uk/news/heart-and-lungs/study-says-theres-no-link-between-cholesterol-and-heart-disease/

  44. D S

    Using a couple of your videos, including this one, to explain industry science and cholesterol to a meat eating friend of mine. I went whole-food plant-based two years ago specifically for this reason and saw dramatic drops in my total cholesterol and of course LDL as well. As of 6 months ago my LDL was 92 down from a starting point of 132. I'm getting another blood work this week and expect it to be lower. I feel much better and where there was once a sense of weight on my chest I can now breathe easy and have much higher energy levels. Combating this psuedo science and helping others to become healthy (and not die!) has become a passion of mine. Thank you for all your research and compiling them into on point videos, it greatly helps me in my day to day work.

  45. Carolina Nava

    you're a fraud dude, you use articles from de 90's, even older than that to fit your vegan agenda and keep providing incorrect information

  46. maritza castello

    I really do not eat a lot of animal meats but when my cholesterol went up and I cut eggs from two a week to only 1/2 it dropped from 234 to 185 in 20 days.Miracle!The doctor was shocked.

  47. Thomas Meldrum

    Hey Mic, I love your videos.

    I’m in a conversation about diet with a colleague right now, and he just sent me this that he believes to be un biased page https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/what-should-you-eat/fats-and-cholesterol/cholesterol/

    Are you familiar with the cited articles, particularly those by Mario Kratz and Frank Hu? Can you give any advice on examining the articles or debunking the arguments? Thanks!

  48. Bernee Martin

    Wow, at 1:30 that study you sited stated that trans fats is one of the three food components that are unavoidable in ordinary diets! What year is that study from? I'm hoping that is no longer so in the modern era now that mainstream science FINALLY admitted something that the health food people knew from way back in the 1960's – that trans fats are horrendously awful for the human body.

  49. absolute757

    Ppl who dont produce cholesterol suffer from mental retardation, autism, and physical disfigurement….vegans dont get any cholesterol…u figure it out

  50. Healthy Chef Jimmy Show

    Order an (LDL-P) Blood test! Total cholesterol and LDL have minimal affect on cardiovascular disease! Small particle LDL are very dangerous! HDL is responsible for transporting excess LDL back to the liver! When this process happens Atherosclerotic plaques start to slowly build in the arteries!

  51. Chui Beau

    I don't know about all this man. since I started a keto diet with quite a lot of meat and lots of eggs I dropped a lot of Bodyfat and gained significant strength at the Gym (I eat few simple carbs after training to trigger an insulin spike tho)

  52. Kim Vanopstal

    Hi Mic, I thought I'd comment on one of your videos that is relevant to the question I have for you, hence why I am commenting on a 4 year old video! First off, I am a big fan of your videos and have been watching them for a few years, please keep up the good work! Also, I am jealous of your tiny house! 😭  

    Now on to the question: I have been vegan for 2.5 years (I'd say about 80% healthy whole foods, but I sometimes have vegan junk food and I use olive oil and rapeseed oil in my cooking), yet my cholesterol is still too high. I have had high cholesterol at least since I was 21 (I am now 29) and I know this because my cholesterol results back then were the reason I went on a health kick and lost a bunch of weight. My cholesterol levels went down a bit, but my total cholesterol is still over 5, which is the cut-off point for 'normal' in the UK. I requested further testing from my doctor and they tested my blood for something called lipoprotein A and my numbers were much higher than normal (up to 500 was normal and my levels were 1288, sorry, I can't remember the units in which this was measured). The doctor told me that levels of lipoprotein A are genetically determined and don't respond to lifestyle changes, and that they are a marker for increased danger of heart disease.

    I have seen your videos on oil and was wondering if there had been any studies on the effects of a 100% whole food plant based diet on people with genetic high levels of lipoprotein A? Could a very strict no-oil diet help me lower my cholesterol or will this still have no effect at all? It would be great if you could make a video on this, as I'm sure I'm not the only vegan who can't seem to lower their cholesterol! 😣

  53. Lars Hader

    Noticed that the study you cited was from 1992. Clearly medical science has progressed and yo have been left behind. Here is a article in healthline.

    https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/dietary-cholesterol-does-not-matter

    pubmed in 2018

    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29596318

    You are clearly on the wrong side of science on this. Stop brainwashing your fellow vegans with old and wrong data

  54. BOAR PUBG

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g6vG4IhgWGE This video was something around 2004 or even before original..this video was first to clear me out not to fear Cholesterol. funny tough!

  55. Princess Zander

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  56. Maynard Bechtel

    I'm a person that always had low cholesterol. I'm vegan now but even when I was not and eating hamburgers practically everyday it was still very low when tested. I heard dietary cholesterol only has like a 20 percent effect on blood cholesterol.
    Although what about the Eskimos that ate v virtually a diet of all meat primarily whales. They were very healthy.

  57. Maynard Bechtel

    I read that your body can turn excess carbohydrates into cholesterol. And it said that cholesterol won't hurt anyone unless it becomes oxidized. It said oxidized cholesterol becomes sticky and is more of a problem. It said cholesterol made from excess carbs is the kind to more easier to become oxidized.

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