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Bad Cholesterol Foods--the surprising food that REALLY gives you bad cholesterol!

By Edited Jun 13, 2015 2 1

Bad Cholesterol Foods

Are they what you think?

If you’re looking for some foods to lower your cholesterol, I’ve got some advice that might challenge a few of your beliefs. Traditional advice says that high-cholesterol foods, like eggs and butter, are the foods that will raise your cholesterol.

But it’s actually widely known that dietary intake of cholesterol doesn’t have a big impact on your cholesterol levels. In other words, eating more cholesterol doesn’t raise your blood levels of cholesterol very much. Most of the cholesterol in your blood is made by your body.

So what are the real bad cholesterol foods?

Many people still think that fatty foods are the culprit, but that’s antiquated thinking. The idea that saturated fats are bad for you is actually a lot more controversial than most people think. What I have come to believe, after much research and reading, is that too many carbohydrates are actually to blame for high cholesterol. Here’s just one explanation of why.

First of all, the idea that saturated fat is bad is overly simplistic. There are many different kinds of saturated fat, like stearic acid, lauric acid, myristic acid, and palmitic acid. Studies have shown that the bad one is palmitic acid; there’s evidence to suggest that this is the one that might raise your risk for heart disease. However, is it your dietary intake of palmitic acid that determines your blood levels?

Remember, we just said that your dietary intake of cholesterol has very little to do with your blood cholesterol levels. Is the same true for palmitic acid?

Well, if you eat too many refined carbs, the answer is yes. Because what happens when you eat too many carbs? Think about it this way: if you eat nothing but sugar all day—pure carbohydrates, sugar—what’s going to happen? You’re going to get fat, right? Of course! Which means that your body is converting those carbohydrates into fat.

Maybe you want to read that again. Many people are against a high-fat diet, and eat more “healthy” carbs instead, not realizing that their body is going to turn around and convert many of those carbs to fat anyway!

And guess what kind of fat your body converts excess carbohydrates into? You’re going to flip.

Saturated palmitic acid.

That’s right, the worst kind.

Don’t believe me? Check out this study: The low fat paradox—do dietary carbohydrates increase circulating saturated fatty acids?

Here’s an interesting blog topic on palmitic acid and carbs.

While you’re at it, feel free to read up on saturated fatty acids on Wikipedia.

So to answer the question at the beginning of this article, what are the real bad cholesterol foods? Anything high in refined carbohydrates! Sugar, pizza, soda, sandwiches, white bread, all that stuff. Don’t blame bad cholesterol on burgers, butter, and eggs; blame it on the fries and the bun. And start cooking with coconut oil. According to Wikipedia, it has the lowest concentration of palmitic acid and the highest concentration (about 50%) of an especially healthy saturated fat, lauric acid.



Aug 31, 2012 3:47pm
Nice, clear explanation. I had a reader at my low-carb blog ask about what to eat if you're prone to blood clots, so I linked to this article from my latest blog post about what actually causes cholesterol to build up. I didn't know about the palmitic acid connection. I've been wondering what the deal was between saturated fats and IR. I'll certainly check out your links. Thanks so much! And I gave you a thumbs up.
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