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 How cholesterol clogs your arteries (atherosclerosis)

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Atherosclerosis – A Fat Hardening Disease

The clogging of the arterial system by excess cholesterol - the deposits of heavy, waxy fat on the artery walls - is called atherosclerosis.

The components of the word, atherosclerosis, are of Greek origin. Athere means porridge or mush and refers to the soft fatty material in the core of the plaque; skelros means hard and refers to the hard scar-like tissue formation involved in the development of a plaque, and osis is a greek suffix meaning a diseased condition. Therefore, it’s a fat hardening disease.

The term arteriosclerosis is a group of diseases that cause thickening and blocking and loss of elasticity of the artery wall. Both atherosclerosis and arteriosclerosis are often used interchangeably. Atherosclerosis most frequently affects the aorta - the largest blood vessel in the body, the coronary arteries and cerebral arteries which supply the brain, the legs and abdomen. Atherosclerosis is initiated by high blood pressure, smoking and increased concentration of fats in the bloodstream.

World Death Rates Due to Heart Diseases From Fat in Diet

Country -Women Death Rate Per 100,000 - % Fat in Relation to Total Calories

Finland-314-39.2

United States-323-31.1

Canada-229-38.0

Australia-250-37.9

New Zealand-389-39.8

United Kingdom-354-38.4

Germany-299-35.6

Denmark-306-38.3

Sweden-235-39.4

Austria-311-31.3

Switzerland-167-33.6

Belgium-225-35.0

Norway-266-38.0

Italy-213-22.3*

France-131-29.5*

Portugal-312-24.5*

Japan-161-7.9*

This data illustrates the striking difference between Finland and Japan, the death rate varying by more than 250%.*Lowest 4 countries use less saturated fat.

-American Heart Association

Shocking Heart Facts About the #1 Killer

Cardiovascular diseases claimed over a million lives in the United States last year, accounting for almost half of all deaths!

Every 33 seconds another American dies from cardiovascular disease!

Heart disease doesn’t just kill the old; 1 out of every 6 is under 65!

Heart disease affects both men and women; lately men accounted for 49% of heart related fatalities, while women accounted for 51%.

Don’t let cardiovascular disease affect you! Protect your heart!

CHOLESTEROL COUNT OF COMMON FOODS

FOOD FROM ANIMAL

Cholesterol Count (mg)

Brain, 3oz.......................1,749

Liver, chicken, 1 cup.....883

Liver, beef, 3oz................331

Kidney, beef, 3oz............329

Butter, 1 pat......................250

Egg, whole........................213

Cream cheese, 8oz.........120

Ice cream, 12 cup..............88

Lamb, 3oz............................78

Beef, sirloin steak, 3oz.......77

Pork, 3oz...............................77

Chicken breast, 3oz..........73

Chicken leg, 2oz................48

FOOD FROM PLANT

Cholesterol Count (mg)

All beans.......................0

All fruits........................0

All grains.......................0

All legumes...................0

All nuts.........................0

All seeds........................0

All vegetables................0

All vegetable oils...........0

Sources:

1. J. Pennington, Food Valuesof Portions Commonly Used

2. Family and Consumer Service,University of Georgia: http://www.fcs.uga.edu/ext/food/

Rich American Diet is a Killer

Atherosclerosis is not brought on by age, but by diet! Autopsies of the American soldiers killed in battle in the Korean War revealed the shocking fact that 77% of these soldiers (average ages 18-22) already had atherosclerosis! In contrast, the Koreans and other Asians who died on the same battlefield, under the same conditions, had only an 11% incidence of this disease. It’s well known, the traditional Asian diet is low in saturated fats.

The U. S. is a nation of fat-eaters. Saturated fats make up 40% of the caloric intake of the average American diet. Most of these are the commercial, hydrogenated fats - the most clogging, deadly of all fats and are not natural in any sense of the word. It’s such a solid fat that it cannot be broken down by the body’s 98.6°Fheat.

The best natural, unsaturated fats break down at body temperature and don’t cause clogging problems. These are perishable foods and don’t have a long shelf life. In time, these unsaturated fats take on oxygen and become rancid, which gives off a strong odor and bitter taste.

Beware of Saturated, Hydrogenated Fats!

Hydrogenated, saturated fat remains stable because it’s impervious to oxygen. In reality, it is embalmed fat! The American consumer has been brainwashed by the greedy, large manufacturers into believing that they are permanently fresh and healthy! A container of this processed fat will keep in the house for years, because it’s impossible for it to turn rancid. Clever advertising says these saturated, hydrogenated, snow white, processed (erroneously called vegetable) shortenings will not smoke. They also make other clever sales claims which have no relation whatsoever to good nutrition. The same applies to unhealthy margarine made to imitate butter.

So - instead of the natural, unsaturated fats that will aid health - Americans consume deadly hydrogenated, saturated fats, high in cholesterol that coats and clogs the bloodstream, especially the vital arteries. All this clogging eventually causes fatal or crippling clots (thrombosis) into the bloodstream, causing strokes.

 

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