The egg has been one of the main victims of the absurd war that has been waged during the last few decades against the cholesterol. It all started in the 40's when Ancel Keys he began his particular struggle against the saturated fats. Such was their fanaticism and hatred of fat that ended up earning him the nickname of Mr. Cholesterol.
Sadly, despite not exist not a single clinical study to support their crazy theories, the influence of his ideas has come to our days. In fact, to speak of "cholesterol" we owe it to Ancel Keys.
The phytosterols are the food industry equivalent of the statins for the pharmaceutical industry. A very lucrative business, in this case the of the functional foods to reduce the cholesterol. Do I sound?
Phytosterols are molecules of vegetable origin that have a structure very similar to cholesterol animal competing in the intestines with the absorption of cholesterol. The food with the highest amount of phytosterols are: oils, nuts, seeds, legumes and whole grains.
The statins are the second drug most prescribed in the world by the doctors, after narcotics. Its use, cholesterol reduction to prevent cardiovascular diseases.
For many years, the marketing of the pharmaceutical industry is responsible for disseminating and making us believe that the cholesterol causes cardiovascular disease. The reason, the multi-million dollar business of statins. Only in Spain, in the last 10 years, the prescribing of statins has increased by 442%.