An Australian ABC News show, Catalyst, recently investigated whether claims that saturated fat causes heart disease by raising cholesterol are really true. On the show, Dr. Maryanne Demasi interviewed Drs. Jonny Bowden, Stephen Sinatra among other top experts. Bowden and Sinatra challenged the role of cholesterol in heart disease in their book, The Great Cholesterol Myth, which was featured on The Dr. Oz Show.
“I think it’s a huge misconception that saturated fat and cholesterol are the demons in the diet, and it is 100 percent wrong,” said Bowden in this interview. “When you look at the data, it’s very clear: Everything that we have been told about saturated fat and cholesterol is a bold-faced lie. It’s just not so.”
Added Sinatra, “The problem is cholesterol is involved in a repair process. Look, cholesterol is found at the scene of the crime, it’s not the perpetrator. And where I sit now, practicing cardiology for over four decades, it’s very low down on my list of risk factors.”
Bowden points to other more likely culprits. “Sugar is far more damaging to the heart than fat ever was, and we’re beginning to see this now. So this focus on cholesterol has been incredibly destructive because we haven’t looked at these real promoters of heart disease: inflammation, oxidative damage, sugar in the diet and number one with a bullet: stress.”
Bowden is an outspoken proponent of healthy cooking oils, including Malaysian Palm Fruit Oil, which is non-GMO and cholesterol neutral.