Does eating healthy fat benefit your health

Does eating healthy fat benefit your health? Well I hope to find out as I’m about to reveal my blood results for cholesterol.

I’ve been advocating healthy fat as a dietary nutrient for some time now and I’m often challenged on the high fat content of my diet. Therefore I thought it was about time to put my money where my mouth is.

So I want to give an answer to “are you not concerned about your cholesterol?”

If you read this previous article on cholesterol you’ll see I’m not concerned about total cholesterol. However what I want to check is the following ratios as these are indicative of heart health:

  • HDL/Cholesterol ratio
  • Triglyceride/HDL ratio

HDL percentage is a very potent heart disease risk factor. Dividing your HDL level by your total cholesterol. That ratio should ideally be above 24 percent. You can also do the same thing with your triglycerides and HDL ratio. That ratio should be below 2.

Results

So, here it is my results along with the ratio calculations.

 mmol/L (UK) resultsmg/dL (US) conversionIdeal
TRIGLYCERIDES0.762
CHOLESTEROL5.4208.81
HDL CHOLESTEROL1.661.87
LDL CHOLESTEROL3.5135.34
RATIOS
HDL/CHOLESTEROL30%>24%
TRIGLYCERIDES/HDL1.00<2

I’m delighted with the results and I feel vindicated. Doubt had started to creep in with what I was doing; drinking bulletproof coffee every morning, cooking with coconut oil, eating macadamia nuts, avocados, eggs, grass fed butter, steak, bacon etc. etc. People around me would look at me quizzingly and some would even go as far as challenge what I was doing.

My weight has remained constant and I actually believe I’ve become leaner by adding healthy fats to my daily nutritional intake.

So Dr Mercola and (Bulletproof) Dave Asprey, thank you as it was you two gentlemen that encouraged me to travel down this particular ‘fat is good’/cholesterol path!

Medichecks.com

Here’s a copy of my results that I received in the post. The tests were undertaken in the UK hence the mmol/L units. I used an online conversion tool to convert to US units of mg/dL.

Cholesterol results

The lipids test was undertaken by medichecks.com at a cost £39.00. I received my blood sampling kit by post with full instructions. I took my sample on the morning of  September 21, 2015 and posted them off to medichecks.com that morning. Results were back to me on September 23, 2015; a quick turnaround.

So back to the title of this article, ‘does eating healthy fat benefit your health?’

I hope that it is evident that it’s a big fat YES! I will continue to do what I’ve been doing in the full knowledge that it benefits my health.

Have you dear reader gone on a fat rich diet and had yourself checked, if so were your results similar, better or worse? Please leave your experiences in the comments below

Generally, if you have any questions, queries or comments on this article then please leave a comment below.

 
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