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Fat and Cholesterol:
Primary Poisons

By Dr. John McDougall

The body uses fat primarily for energy storage when no food is available and secondary source of immediate fuel. Cholesterol is needed for numerous cellular functions and to produce hormones, like vitamin D and estrogen. The problem with fat and cholesterol is that we need so little of both. The body produces all the cholesterol it needs. As for fat, all plant foods contain adequate amounts of fats and only plants make the essential fatty acids that promote good health. A deficiency of essential fat would never occur when plant foods make up a substantial part of the meals, therefore, it is never recommended for you to add extra essential fats to your diet (like omega-3, fish, or flaxseed oils).

Animal foods provide an overabundance of fat, especially the most harmful kind, saturated fat, which raises blood cholesterol levels and damages the arteries, causing heart disease and stroke.

Vegetable oils are not health foods

Poly- and monounsaturated fats - those contained in large amounts in vegetable oils as well as in fish - have been shown to depress the immune system, increase bleeding, and promote cancers, especially those of the colon, prostate, and breast. All fats are easily stored making people overweight, which lays the foundations for many other illnesses, including heart disease, cancer, and adult-onset diabetes. Fat deprives cells of oxygen, is a major producer of free radicals, which damage the body's tissues.

All animal foods are rich sources of fat. Beef derives between 60 and 80 percent of its calories from fat; pork, between 80 and 95 percent; chicken, between 30 and 50 percent; and fish, between five and 60 percent.

All meats are also rich in cholesterol. A 3 1/2 ounce serving of beef contains 85 mg of cholesterol; pork contains 90 mg; mackerel fish contains 95 mg; turkey 83 mg; tuna 63 mg; and chicken (skinned-white) 85 mg. Cholesterol, as I have been saying, leads to heart disease and many other illnesses. Therefore, many of the foods that are commonly believed to be health foods today, such as chicken and turkey, are in fact promoters of disease. Plant foods never contain cholesterol.

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