Thank you for all your great research and study. I am an acupuncture intern here in Boulder and I am writing a research paper on high cholesterol. Do you have any information on the controversies around a meat-based diet such as Paleo and lowering cholesterol? My hope is that I can recommend this diet to clients with High cholesterol with confidence. I do understand a lean cut and farm-raised can contribute to healthier fat. If you have any information or studies you can pass my way, I would be most grateful.
Dr. Cordain’s Response:
In my latest book, The Paleo Answer, I devote an entire chapter examining the link between dietary cholesterol, dietary saturated fat and high blood cholesterol levels. Basically the most recent meta analyses (these are studies that combine the results of multiple studies) show that dietary cholesterol and dietary saturated fat have little or no effect upon the development of fatal cardiovascular disease. These results are consistent with a book chapter I wrote in 2006 (Cordain L. Saturated fat consumption in ancestral human diets: implications for contemporary intakes. In: Phytochemicals, Nutrient-Gene Interactions, Meskin MS, Bidlack WR, Randolph RK (Eds.), CRC Press (Taylor & Francis Group), 2006, pp. 115-126.). You can download and read this paper at my website: ( http://thepaleodiet.com/published-research-about-the-paleo-diet/#2006)
Loren Cordain, Ph.D., Professor