The importance to good health of keeping your cholesterol level under control can’t be overemphasized. Atherosclerosis and its complications, such as heart attacks and strokes, are the major causes of death in the United States and have reached epidemic proportions throughout the Western World. Such degeneration is responsible for 43% of all deaths in the U.S. The first step in the prevention and treatment of such diseases is the reduction of blood cholesterol levels.
The National Cholesterol Education Program is often quoted as the source for guidelines on safe cholesterol levels. It was established in 1995 by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, an organization that sways in political winds like many others. Their recommendations are far too high and influenced by vested interests. They, together with the National Research Council, the American Heart Association, and the National Institutes of Health, state that a diet with under 30% of calories from fat is healthful. Yet, this level has been scientifically shown to worsen heart disease. Americans consume 135 pounds of fat per year, far too much. You must get less than 10% of your calories from fat if you are to prevent disease.