Typically, individuals are encouraged to restrict their intake of meat, eggs and high-fat dairy products in order to lower their cholesterol levels and consequentially reduce their risk for heart disease. They may not be told, however, that Vitamin B12, which is found in all three of these food categories, is essential for their heart, and that all the hype about the dangers of eating these foods may be unwarranted.
Let's take meat products first.
Most people do not realize that Vitamin B12 is not only essential to healthy heart function, but it can only be attained by eating meat and animal products.
The fat in animal products, whether it's fat in your burger or fat in your butter, is essential for good health. Your body is largely made up of fat, and needs healthy fats in order to operate at an optimal level. Your body knows how to break down natural, healthy fats in order to utilize them for your body's needs.
Animal fats are not the type of fats that create arterial damage. Their tight chemical bonds insure that they will not come apart when heated. A study of the diet of varying people groups from around the world will substantiate the claim that eating meat / fat does not cause heart disease. The Eskimos are one such group – their high animal fat diet has claimed in them being one of the healthiest, hardiest people groups of the world.
I would like to quote from Henry Beiler in Food is Your Best Medicine.
“The Eskimos, before their primitive diet was contaminated by the refined foods of civilization, were among the strongest and healthiest on earth. needed a thick layer of body fat to serve as an insulation against the freezing weather. And, again like the seal and walrus, they easily oxidized their fat which served as a source of heat and energy.
It is true that they matured and aged early, but that was not because of a faulty diet. Rather, the rigorous ordeal of weather and the long Arctic nights was the cause. Their bones were stronger than those of any other race of man, their strength was prodigious and their health phenomenal. Although on a high-fat diet, and a so-called “saturated” fat intake at that, their blood cholesterol was normal and their arteries perfect. ”
Eggs, also a B12 provider, are invaluable for their nutritional content, and contrary to recent popular opinion, do not raise cholesterol levels. The following two studies will substantiate this claim.
The first study done by the American Cancer Society took over 800,000 individual who had had no prior history of coronary heart disease, and divided them into two groups. The first ate five or more eggs a week, and the second restricted their egg consumption to 0-4 eggs per week. At the end of the study, the death rate from heart attacks and stroke was higher in the second group. The second test result was published by the New England Journal of Medicine. In it, a group of people from New Guinea, who ate a low cholesterol diet, were fed eggs in order to measure the effects. The result – eggs had no significant effects on blood cholesterol levels. (Fallon, 441)
And lastly, milk.
Once again, I would like to share with you two studies done – one by Dr. Howard of Cambridge University, and the other by Dr. Mann from the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine.
In the first study, two quarts of whole milk were given each day to the individuals involved. After the time allowed for the testing, cholesterol levels were taken, and those participating showed drops in cholesterol levels. This finding is substantiated by the second study, in which 4 quarts of whole milk per day were given to individuals, and their cholesterol levels actually dropped by 25%. (Fallon 438)
Dr. Howard's conclusion – “All this business that scheduled fats in milk are bad for you is nonsense.”
Just as the fats in meats contain body building elements (B12 being one of the most essential), so too Vitamin B12 can be found in milk. Since vitamin B12 is actually destroyed during pasteurization, however, and since homogenization makes milk nearly impossible for the body to properly digest, the best choice is unpasteurized, unhomogenized whole milk. It is the healthiest for your heart.
Vitamin B12 is essential, not only for your heart, but also for proper functioning of your brain and nervous system. Since it is only available in meat and animal products, it is vital that people realize that eating meat and animal products is not only safe, it is essential for good health. You can enjoy your meat, eggs, milk and butter, know that you're giving yourself the nutrients you need, and stave off heart disease in the process.