World Renowned Heart Surgeon Explains Sugar and Omega-6 Cause Heart Disease

This is such a great post by a world renowned heart surgeon explaining how the inflammation generated from excess sugar and polyunsaturated (Omega-6) intake is the real cause of heart disease.  Cholesterol and saturated fats have nothing to do with it:

“Simply stated, without inflammation being present in the body, there is no way that cholesterol would accumulate in the wall of the blood vessel and cause heart disease and strokes. Without inflammation, cholesterol would move freely throughout the body as nature intended. It is inflammation that causes cholesterol to become trapped.”


“One tablespoon of corn oil contains 7,280 mg of omega-6; soybean contains 6,940 mg. Instead, use olive oil or butter from grass-fed beef.

Animal fats contain less than 20% omega-6 and are much less likely to cause inflammation than the supposedly healthy oils labelled polyunsaturated. Forget the “science” that has been drummed into your head for decades. The science that saturated fat alone causes heart disease is non-existent. The science that saturated fat raises blood cholesterol is also very weak. Since we now know that cholesterol is not the cause of heart disease, the concern about saturated fat is even more absurd today.

The cholesterol theory led to the no-fat, low-fat recommendations that in turn created the very foods now causing an epidemic of inflammation. Mainstream medicine made a terrible mistake when it advised people to avoid saturated fat in favor of foods high in omega-6 fats. We now have an epidemic of arterial inflammation leading to heart disease and other silent killers. “

2 replies on “World Renowned Heart Surgeon Explains Sugar and Omega-6 Cause Heart Disease”

[…] It’s interesting to observe the 50/50 split in responses I get when I ask if people think Chipotle is healthy.  The right answer is that it can be easily, but it’s going to depend on your view of what good nutrition actually is.  I’m going to outline what to order for most people’s different nutrition philosophies, however, want to know the #1 way to make it better for you?  Don’t order a burrito, order a burrito bowl.  The tortilla is technically the only processed food in their mix and full of worthless carbs, synthetic B-vitamins, and gluten to top it off.  In addition, I won’t be recommending the fajita vegetables because they’re fried in soybean oil. […]

CK –
I love how we almost found this same article around the same date! I was 99% sure inflammation was the root cause of heart disease, but so many people at my place of work are vastly concerned with having a stroke and are trying to lower their cholesterol to help. I guess I started to forget what really causes heart disease and did a quick google search last friday and found this article. I personally think it’s fantastic as well. How did you find it? Cheers, Nick

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