“There is absolutely no correlation between saturated fat intake, cholesterol levels, and heart disease. The most accurate research looking at this issue in different countries is the MONICA (Monitoring of Trends and Determinants in Cardiovascular Disease) study that started in the mid-1980s and is run by the World Health Organization. If you look at the figures, it’s extremely clear that
the countries whose populations have the highest saturated fat intake tend to have slightly higher cholesterol levels, but all have lower rates of heart disease. We’re talking about a difference of 700 percent! The country whose people eat the highest level of saturated fat in Europe is France. Their average total cholesterol is 215 mg/dL, and yet their rate of heart disease is one-seventh that
of people in Ukraine, where people eat less than half the amount of saturated fat and their average cholesterol levels are slightly lower. So from this data we learn that the countries with the highest saturated fat consumption all have lower heart disease levels than the countries with the lowest saturated fat consumption. Cholesterol levels vary from around 195–225 mg/dL, with Switzerland having the highest cholesterol average at 250 mg/dL—and the rate of heart disease among the Swiss is the second lowest in Europe and one-fourth of that in the United States.” – Dr. Malcolm Kendrick
Before statin drugs came along there were more than forty research trials conducted to test whether lowering cholesterol levels would prevent heart attacks. The results were mixed; some showed that fatal heart attacks dropped, while others found that fatal heart attacks went up. When all these studies were combined, the data revealed that as many people died in the group treated to lower cholesterol as died in the untreated control group. Nevertheless, when it was discovered that money could be made selling cholesterol-lowering medications like statins, research like this was quickly quashed.
“In terms of heart health, cholesterol testing is 99 percent irrelevant because cholesterol is not what causes heart disease. It is associated with heart disease but not the primary causal factor.” – Dr. Dwight Lundell
There is no correlation between high cholesterol levels and increased congestive heart disease.