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My research is mainly focused on the effects of cholesterol, saturated fat and statin drugs on health. If you know anyone who is worried about their cholesterol levels and heart disease, or has been told to take statin drugs you could send them a link to this website, and to my statin or cholesterol or heart disease books.

David Evans

Independent Health Researcher

Monday, 7 March 2011

Saturated fat lowers (bad) Lp(a) cholesterol levels

This post includes a synopsis of a study published in Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology 1997;17:1657-1661 and a recipe for grilled or fried skirt steak.

Study title and authors:
Plasma Lipoprotein (a) Levels in Men and Women Consuming Diets Enriched in Saturated, Cis-, or Trans-Monounsaturated Fatty Acids
Beverly A. Clevidence; Joseph T. Judd; Ernst J. Schaefer; Jennifer L. Jenner; Alice H. Lichtenstein; Richard A. Muesing; Janet Wittes; ; Matthew E. Sunkin
From the Diet and Human Performance Laboratory, Beltsville Human Nutrition Research Center, Agricultural Research Service, USDA (B.A.C., J.T.-J., M.E.S.), Beltsville, MD; Lipid Metabolism Laboratory, the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University (E.J.S., J.L.-J., A.H.L.), Boston, MA; The Lipid Research Clinic (R.A.M.), The George Washington University Medical Center, Washington, DC; and Statistics Collaborative (J.W.), Washington, DC.

This paper can be accessed at:;17/9/1657

High lipoprotein (a) [Lp(a)] cholesterol levels are associated with heart disease. See here and here.
Perfect Health Diet: Four Steps to Renewed Health, Youthful Vitality, and Long LifeThe study determined the effect on Lp(a) levels by 4 different diets on 29 men and 29 women. The diets consisted of:
(1) A high monounsaturated diet
(2) A moderate trans fat diet
(3) A high trans fat diet
(4) A high saturated fat diet

The study revealed that the saturated fat diet lowered Lp(a) levels significantly (by 8% to 11%) and therefore reduced heart disease risk.

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Recipe of the day

Grilled or Fried Skirt Steak

Ingredients:                                                                                            Food Mall: Beef Skirt Steak
Organic Grass Fed Fajita Skirt Steak Strips ONE (1 lb. Package)2 pounds beef skirt steak
1 pinch salt and pepper to taste

Preheat a grill or large skillet for medium-high heat.

Grill or fry steaks for about 5 minutes per side, or to your desired degree of doneness. Remove from the heat, and let the meat rest for 5 to 10 minutes to let the juices settle.

Cut each steak along the grain into 3 or 4 pieces.