The British Heart Foundation & Flora pro.activ – an unhealthy relationship

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In addition Unilever Research and Development provided the donation of margarines used in the study. GetDoorTeleportRot - returns the rotation to which the calling door teleports. Real butter needs to come from a real animal and the best butter is hand churned. On loop entry, item is set to the first element in collection. The processed spread is much cheaper, despite all the industrial operations needed. The reference should be disabled and then enabled after calling this function in order to update its scale and collision properties. GetObjectType - returns a type code for each type of object type:

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The chemical difference between fats solid at room temperature and fats liquid at room temperature is that the solid fats have hydrogen atoms in the right place providing a more solid and stable structure. This is why butter is one of the safest fats to cook with. So the spread manufacturers need to add hydrogen atoms to their liquid oils in some way. We used to hear about hydrogenated fats and then we had partially hydrogenated fats, but whether or not the attempt is to fully or partially hydrogenate liquid oils, the process is the same.

In the process of hydrogenation, the oils are heated and pressurised and hydrogen gas is added, along with a catalyst, like nickel, to produce a chemical reaction. The idea is that the hydrogen atoms end up in the gaps where they would be in a more saturated fat. Some end up on the wrong side of the structure and you end up not with a saturated fat, but with a completely new fat completely alien to the body.

Do I think that putting alien chemicals into the human body can cause heart disease, cancer and all sorts of harm? I think that I would be naive not to think this. The substance at the end of this process is grey, smelly and lumpy, so it is bleached, deodorised and emulsifiers are added to smooth things over. Finally, the stuff needs some colour to make it look edible, so, of course, the preferred colour is butter colour.

Canada retained the strongest legislative position on not allowing butter colour to be used. As recently as July Quebec became the last Canadian province to repeal its law that margarine should be colourless. The processed spread is much cheaper, despite all the industrial operations needed.

Real butter needs to come from a real animal and the best butter is hand churned. I checked an on line grocery store at the time of writing The Obesity Epidemic: How can we stop it? The butter was sold in gram packets. The spreads were sold in gram, or one kilogram, tubs. The health claim should be twofold: The name and the marketing campaign go hand in hand.

It is the plant sterols mentioned above that can impact human cholesterol. These can be obtained in tablet form, so no one needs to consume spreads, even if they are misinformed enough to risk consuming plant sterol. Think of plant sterols as plant cholesterol — just as we humans have human cholesterol.

There are several types of plant cholesterol; together they are named plant sterols. A typical Western diet contains approximately mg plant sterols, but little is taken up in the gut. Human and plant cholesterol compete for uptake in the gut. So, if too much plant sterol is consumed, human cholesterol falls. If we were supposed to be replacing human cholesterol with plant cholesterol I figure that there would be a natural process for this.

So yes, human cholesterol, which is what our blood test measures, will fall if we consume plant sterols but a this is not natural b we have no evidence that replacing our cholesterol with plant cholesterol will lower heart disease and c we have no evidence that replacing our cholesterol with plant cholesterol is safe. As Dr Uffe Ravnskov, founder of the International Network of Cholesterol Skeptics and author of several books about fat and cholesterol, says: What happens is that our own cholesterol is exchanged with a foreign type of cholesterol, not only in the blood but also in our cells and cell membranes.

Is it really a good idea? I think so, and science is in support of my view. Dr Ravnskov has led the way in trying to investigate what happens if we unnaturally ingest large quantities of plant sterols. Ravnskov uncovered their conflicts of interests as follows: Here is for instance Dr. In addition Unilever Research and Development provided the donation of margarines used in the study.

Ravnskov gives this as a particular example: In this group statin treatment resulted in a further increase of plant sterols and the number of heart attacks was twice as high compared with the patients with the lowest plant sterol levels. For women to make a healthy baby, they need a lot of cholesterol. The blog showing that high cholesterol is associated with low heart deaths and low overall mortality has details about the functions performed by cholesterol and why it is so utterly life vital to humans.

When you understand the vital role that cholesterol plays in every single cell of the human body, not least the reproductive system, you can start to understand why cholesterol is so vital to all humans, and to women having or intending to have children especially. You may also wonder why on earth such a critical substance for human health has been demonised so comprehensively — the next paragraph will give you a clue.

Lipitor is the most lucrative of all statins. The patient leaflet can be accessed here. So, even the drug companies know that cholesterol should not be lowered in pregnant women, breastfeeding women or women who could conceive.

What about cholesterol lowering products, as opposed to cholesterol lowering drugs? Should cholesterol lowering spreads come with a health warning for pregnant women? Women of childbearing age? Does the BHF know? Nature makes a natural product for using in any and all circumstances when Unilever would no doubt prefer people to use one of their processed products instead.

Shame on both of them. Malcolm Kendrick has found that there is a way of solidifying liquid vegetable oils without hydrogenation. The process is called Interesterification and Wiki tells us how it is done: Polyunsaturated fatty acids PUFAs decrease the melting point of fats significantly.

A triglyceride containing three saturated fatty acids is generally solid at room temperature and not very desirable for many applications. Rearranging these tryglycerides with oils containing unsaturated fatty acids lowers the melting point and creates fats with properties better suited for target food products.

In addition, blending interesterified oils with liquid oils allows the reduction in saturated fatty acids in many trans fatty acid free food products. The interesterified fats can be separated through controlled crystallization, also called fractionation.

I had a heart attack in and then a stent, no heart damage so very lucky. Even the patient leaflet cautions against anyone over 70 taking them, so make sure you re-evaluate at some time. Your walking is awesome — one of the best things you can be doing and not smoking of course. Sounds like you and wifey are in for good times together: Hi Hussain This is my view: This may be of interest — http: They replace cholesterol to be more precise and the evidence for the impact of this is not good http: Olive oil is OK to cook with.

Having said that — we stir fry veg in olive oil because we prefer the taste. We cook fish in butter — more stable. The exercise addition is a good one — walking better for joints than jogging — but doing something regularly is great. If his cholesterol was high and I mean high — not what docs call high — it would be a marker that there was damage that cholesterol was trying to repair.

Hello,luckily,I always used the simple logic that butter,pork fat,goose fat a duck fat are not only tastier but natural and I found the taste of margarine strange. I am so happy that we have some brave people who also have common sense and tell us the truth about food,the manufacturing processes,additives,the danger of farmaceutical drugs,vaccines etc.

The damage which food and farmaceutical industry performs on people is huge and unprecedental in the whole history of human mankind. The margarine vs butter battle is one of my fields of research and your article is very helpful and clarifying. I would like to know more about the process of producing margerine, and I would be really interested in talk to someone that could potentially show me this process. Would you be able to point me in the direction of someone that would be able to help me in my research?

I apreciate very much any possible help. Hi Juliana — I would start by looking for videos on youtube — not those provided by Unilever and the marg industry. Although those may show you the process — just turn the sound off to miss the hype and PR. You could approach Unilever or other marg makers but they are likely to want to know your end in mind before inviting you in. Good luck Best wishes — Zoe.

I am completely and utterly confused about CVD. I am a 65 yr old male. In January this year I had 3 stents placed in my coronary arteries.

I was prescribed an 80mg dose of statin which I stopped after a month because of fairly serious side effects. My muscles all ached and it seemed like my muscles were wasting away. Since then I have been trying to keep my cholesterol numbers down naturally within the prescribed limits but not succeeding.

I have now gone back on a low dose of statin 10mg and immediately my numbers are all great. My doctor is pleased. I have come across your article above and feel completely at a loss again.

Since having the stents put in I have taken my health very seriously completely changing my eating habits. I now eat lots of vegetables, lean meat, fish, nuts and fruit. I thought I would help things along by using Flora proactiv how I came across your article. I will definitely give it the heave ho now but the issue of high vs low fat and high vs low cholesterol is a big worry for me. I would say in retrospect that prior to getting my stents my diet contained a lot of things like sticky buns, pies, cakes and the like which is what I have thought may have cumulatively over a number of years led to my CVD.

I have cut sugar down to a minimum now and exercise every day at least one brisk 30 minute walk. My mum is 95 and my dad died at 90 so I should have good genes. Hi Paul The more you read — of the right stuff — the less confused you should become. This is the true association between cholesterol and deaths — for men and women — CHD and all deaths http: Your genes are encouraging. Cholesterol is a healing tool — not a cause of anything.

Alas, nothing again, about us who have HeFH. I think I was the only person with the disease in the whole world who went onto LCHF with dramatic results which astounded my doctors. None of the information ever feature us and we are a fantastic group for a scientist with a pioneering spirit. We would give you all a very good idea about LCHF, but no-one wants to take a chance with us.

Hi Zoe, interesting article. His GP discovered his cholesterol level was at 9. On changing his diet to a predominantly fish based one plus reducing his alcohol intake, in just 3 months he reduced his levels to 4. What amazes me here is that none of you have been to med school or are medical Doctors,yet you seem to have it all worked out?. When you consider all the other things that they do eat…….

The industry is still pitching the big lie about how healthy margarine is. It is not only fraudulent, it is deadly. How can a company get away with making such false claims about therapeutic benefits. If this were a drug there would be disclaimers galore and hell to pay for deceptive practices. Mind you, I am sure ladies would love a dishsoap which actually DID that.

I have been post menopausal for 15 months and in the past few weeks I have felt sick, dizzy,ill,bloated,developed enormous painful breasts and now have the start of a very weak period after feeling ovulation occur!

I have STOPPED eating all these products and symptoms are dying down although this forced me to go to the doctor I am not a regular who has referred me for a womb scan etc. My cholesterol as 6. Hi Michael — Flora does lower cholesterol but why would you want to do that?

Links in the post above and you need to know how Flora lowers cholesterol also above. Best wishes — Zoe. Available in Netto, it went by the name of:. I was absolutely appalled — how do they get away with stating so blatantly, several times, that high cholesterol is a risk factor in the development of heart disease when this has never been proved and as is now known, over a certain age you lower your cholesterol at your peril.

Apart from being downright dangerous, does this not contravene the Advertising Standards? At the age of 70 I am slim, fit and healthy with cholesterol of 5. I only wish I could increase it!!! Needless to say I am continuing to eat cream, lard and butter and will not be touching statins or Flora Pro-Activ with a bargepole. I take Simvastatin, bisoprolol fumerate, aspirin and perindopril relatively small doses.

I do get patches of tiredness and my bones seem to ache a lot but I have been putting it down to my age. There are 32, with 12, stores affected and , employees. Woolworths was the biggest casualty in this period with stores and 30, staff, BHS was the second largest in terms of stores and House of Fraser the second largest in terms of staff.

These figures are based on the CRR's own research over this period. Further details can be downloaded here. Some of these companies recovered and came out of administration; some were bought by other businesses; some were sold as going concerns but changed their name; for some, the name was bought and this is still used, but under different ownership; and others ceased to exist.

The presence of any business in this historical listing must not be taken to imply that it no longer exists, its name is not used or that such business, if still trading, is impaired in anyway. In February widespread concern was expressed about how recent business failures had been handled.

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