While every human needs fat and cholesterol to survive, it is the type of fat that is critical, not how much you consume. Trans fats (found in fried food and many highly processed foods) and excess saturated fats can promote unhealthy cholesterol and fuel chronic inflammation. Healthy fats, such as omega-3 fats, monounsaturated fats (found in olive oil, nuts and avocados), coconut oil and other nutritious oils do not have the same effect. In fact, these fats are essential for health and can work to reduce bad cholesterol and control inflammation. Your body happily uses these fats for cardiovascular health, cellular health and communication, cognitive function, hormone balance, inflammation regulation and more.
The truth is many people who have heart attacks have normal cholesterol. The myth of high cholesterol as the cause of atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) and heart disease is slowly being dispelled as new research emerges.