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I’ve posted this recipe before, but it’s worth posting again. This is one of my favorite low carb, gluten free cookie recipes. Imagine, you can snack on something good for you that actually helps you lose weight!

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups unsweetened dried coconut
1/2 cup almond meal (finely ground almonds)
2 t. coconut flour
4 T. warm water
4 T. raw honey
2 eggs, beaten
1 t. vanilla
1/4 t. sea salt

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Grease a cookie sheet with coconut oil.

Stir the warm water and honey together. Add the vanilla, eggs, salt, almond meal, coconut flour and coconut. Mix well. If the mixture is runny, let it sit for a few minutes so the coconut can rehydrate. If it is still runny, add another teaspoon of coconut flour. Drop by rounded tablespoons full onto the cookie sheet, about 1 inch apart. Bake for 12 – 15 minutes. The outside of the cookie should be golden brown, while the inside is soft.

Makes about 24 cookies.

If you don’t like the taste of almonds or you want your macaroons whiter, just substitute another 1/2 cup dried coconut for the almond meal.

If you want to get decadent, dip the bottoms of the finished macaroons into melted extra dark chocolate chips mixed with a little coconut oil. Refrigerate.

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Structure of Low-density lipoprotein (LDL): apolipoprotein (apo B-100)

by Paul Fassa
Health Impact News

Independently-sourced research challenges the idea that LDL (low-density lipoprotein) is the “bad cholesterol,” and causes heart disease.

However, the theory that LDL is “bad” persists in the mainstream media and with Big Pharma, mainly because they would lose billions of dollars in drugs and treatments to admit the theory lacks merit.

The hypothesis of saturated fat creating artery-clogging cholesterol as the source of heart disease should be considered dead and incapable of resuscitating, based on the scientific evidence.

But one still sees and hears fearful statements about lowering cholesterol and avoiding heart disease, mostly on mainstream media but even all too often on internet alternative media sources. 

Current research is showing LDL is not dangerous and it’s not an accurate marker for pending heart disease. 

An Explanation of Cholesterol and How LDL and HDL are Differentiated   

Mainstream medicine and pharma-funded research maintains that LDL is the cholesterol that causes coronary congestion.

It’s the “bad cholesterol.”

Perhaps because research has discovered people with high HDL (high-density lipoprotein) live longer than those with low HDL, HDL is now considered the “good cholesterol.” 

For the most part, cholesterol is cholesterol and it’s all good for so many hormonal and structural purposes in our bodies. 

Cholesterol is a waxy lipid substance. It doesn’t mix with our watery plasma. It needs to be carried in the blood’s plasma by lipoproteins, tiny protein spheres that carry cholesterol to wherever it’s needed in the body.

Our bodies actually need cholesterol for many hormonal and cell building functions.

Cholesterol is categorized by the density of its lipoprotein carriers. The density is a factor of the ratio of protein to cholesterol in the particles. High-density lipoproteins (HDL) are smaller with around 50 percent protein and 20 percent cholesterol.

Low-density lipoproteins (LDL) are larger and contain around 25 percent protein and 50 percent cholesterol.

The mainstream claim is that HDL is the “good cholesterol” because it sweeps up the LDL cholesterol from arteries or other unwanted areas and routes it back to the liver where it came from. (Source)

But if the liver generates LDL cholesterol particles that are carried to various organ tissue areas, including the brain and nervous system as needed, why is it called “bad cholesterol?” 

The conventional explanation has been that LDL particles stick to the endothelial cells of inner arterial walls.

Before we explore the veracity of this claim, let’s have a look at how important cholesterol is for our health.

How cholesterol helps keep us at optimum health:

  • It helps to produce cell membranes, which are made of fat.
  • It is a precursor to the manufacturing of hormones, including sex hormones and cortisone.
  • It is the first step in converting the sun’s UVB rays into vitamin D. 
  • It helps to formulate bile acids for digesting fat.
  • It is needed for proper function of serotonin receptors in the brain
  • It is involved with supplying the CoQ10 coenzyme, a vital cellular energy source in muscle tissue especially the heart muscle.
  • It helps form memories in the brain.
  • It is important in maintaining the health of the intestinal wall.
  • It builds and maintains the myelin sheath – a protective fatty tissue wrapping nerve fibers, which when damaged causes MS and other neurological diseases.
  • It is vital toward building brain cells in the brain, which contains 25 percent of your body’s total cholesterol (Source)

It logically follows that by drastically lowering cholesterol with statin drugs, at least some of the listed functions will be impaired leading to some serious side effects such as muscle or tendon tearing, chronic fatigue, mind fog or impaired memory, and even heart attacks. 

Many statin users who had experienced inexplicable side effects recovered completely within a few short weeks after no longer dosing with statins. 

The LDL Theory of Heart Disease is Busted – With an Asterisk

Several independent scientists, physicians, and cardiologists have busted the LDL theory of cholesterol arterial clogging. 

The title below links to an article covering a review study by several international researchers published in September of 2018. Their peer-reviewed published paper rips the LDL theory of heart disease causation to shreds. See:

Experts Review of 107 Scientific Studies: Cholesterol Does Not Cause Heart Disease – Statin Drugs are Useless

Of course, the research is marginalized and the medical old guard attacked the researchers via mainstream media to keep the war against LDL (the bad cholesterol) going and maintain statin drug profits.

Cholesterol fear is maintained now that LDL remains as the cholesterol culprit for heart disease. The mantra to avoid saturated fat and lower cholesterol continues.

The same network of doctors and scientists, The International Network of Cholesterol Skeptics (THINCS) who put together the review above, supplied suggestions of potential causes of heart disease other than cholesterol. See:

Network of Cholesterol Skeptics Researchers: Abandon the LDL Cholesterol Theory of Heart Disease and Look at More Important Risk Factors

The suggestions in the above article are examples of where heart disease research should go now that the lipid theory of heart disease has been ripped to shreds, not only by THINCS members but others as well. 

Dr. Ronald M. Kraus, MD is a co-creator of a device that can sort out VLDL (very low-density lipoprotein), from LDL.

VLDL (very low-density lipoproteins) is the “asterisk” mentioned in the title of this section. It will be covered in the next section after this quote by Dr. Kraus:

Low-fat diets are old news, you say? Try telling that to the makers of, say, Baked Lays. It will take us years to shake off the damage done by broadly implicating fat in the diet. Everybody I know in the field — everybody — recognized that a simple low-fat message was a mistake. 

I spend a lot of time talking to reporters and trying to explain that dietary cholesterol is not the same as blood cholesterol. (Source) 

In other words, the saturated fat causation of heart disease is wrong, but it still lingers enough for the pharmaceutical and processed food industries to profit from this “cholesterol con.” 

Despite this uprising from several in the medical science community, the public perception is still held hostage to the official nutritional and medical dogmatic doctrine of using high LDL as a marker for heart disease. 

The mainstream medical monopoly’s use of mainstream media, which thrives from Big Pharma’s advertising revenue, helps keep the cholesterol con afloat. Behind the mainstream public scenes, those who know better are publicly challenged ad hominem while the details of their findings wind up in mainstream media obscurity. 

A Little on VLDL – Very Low-Density Lipoproteins

These lipoproteins contain minuscule cholesterol levels but are high in triglyceride lipids. Triglyceride lipids form the fat from unused carbohydrate energy, like sugar.

Triglycerides are intended as storage to be utilized for energy when other dietary energy sources wane or the need for more energy arises.

But that very rarely happens in our culture of accessible cheap foods, especially with processed and junk fast foods.

Add “energy drinks” to the mix, and as the body gets overwhelmed with foods that disrupt metabolic processing, the triglyceride fat just keeps accumulating. 

The smaller, heavier VLDL particles can burrow into inner arterial walls and cause inflammation with their oxidation-prone triglycerides.

Guess what tries to patch up that inflammation?

Cholesterol, manufactured and distributed by the liver, aka LDL. Internal tissue repair is one of its functions.

And what’s been discovered and is gradually being accepted everywhere, except for mainstream medicine, government nutritional agencies, and the mainstream media, is that excess sugar, refined carbohydrates, and HFCS (high fructose corn syrup) are the culprits behind obesity, diabetes 2, and coronary artery disease (CAD).

Dr. Robert Lustig, pediatric endocrinologist professor at the University of California, San Francisco, has been on a mission exposing the role sugar and HFCS play with creating heart disease by causing arterial damage with triglyceride fats carried by the VLDL particles. 

Dr. Lustig explains:

So we were using the wrong marker [cholesterol] all along. It turned out the triglyceride was way worse. Triglyceride is basically what your liver does to sugar. And again, sugar was the problem, Yudkin* was right, and the food industry killed him. [* added] (Source)

*Around the time Ancel Keys was claiming fat was the source of heart disease, a British Researcher, Professor John Yudkin, was researching sugar as the source. Yudkin’s research was trashed by the sugar industry to avoid financial loss by scapegoating fat as the source of coronary heart disease. 

The whole statin drug industry, along with the food industry and its processed low-fat foods that would accommodate the low and no fat diet philosophy are shams based on the totally erroneous assumption that cholesterol from dietary saturated fats is the main source of cardiovascular disease. 

Video: Dr. Nadir Ali, MD: The Paradox of Insulin Resistance versus LDL Cholesterol

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Ingredients:

  • 2 cups unsweetened coconut milk
  • 4 large baking potatoes
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened dried coconut
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. Salt
  • 3 free range eggs, beaten
  • Coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted, for serving

Directions:

Boil the potatoes in their skins, cool slightly and peel. Mash the potatoes. Add the eggs.

Sift the flour together with the baking powder and salt. Beat this mixture
into the potato and egg mixture.

Add the coconut milk. Drop batter by large spoonfuls onto a hot heavy frying pan, well-greased with coconut oil. Turn the pancakes when golden on one side (3-4 minutes). Cook until the second side is golden brown.

Serve with the melted butter on the side. Serves 4 to 6.



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We all know it’s impossible to get the kids to fall in love with vegetables, but we’ve got the recipes to help you trick them!

How many of you have struggled with getting your kids to eat vegetables? Because I have! Though I don’t have kids of my own just yet when my niece sees anything on her plate she’ll have a temper tantrum. It has become impossible to make her fall in love with vegetables. Today, on Eat Your Vegetable Day, I’ve looked on recipes to trick our kids into thinking they’re not eating veggies. How smart is that!?

Hidden Veggie Burgers

This recipe from Tasty is one that will have the kids asking for a second burger.

Ingredients needed:

2 lb of ground beef

1 tablespoon of salt

1 teaspoon of black pepper

1 teaspoon of garlic powder

1 teaspoon of onion powder

2 carrots (shredded)

2 head of broccoli (shredded)

12 cheese slices

12 burger buns

Kelapo Coconut Oil Non-Stick Cooking Spray

In a large bowl, add the ground beef, salt, pepper, garlic powder, and onion powder. Using your hands mix the seasoning with the ground beef and make sure that it’s evenly distributed. Using a shredder, shred the carrots and the broccoli heads and add to the ground beef. Use your hands to mix the veggies with the ground beef. Once mixed together, make 12 small patties by shaping them in your hands. Spray the Kelapo Coconut Oil Spray on the skillet and make about 3 to 4 patties at a time. Top with cheese on the skillet before serving the patty so the cheese melts. Serve on buns with ketchup and mustard. Your kids won’t be able to tell the difference!

Broccoli Pesto Pasta

This pasta may have a green sauce, but your kids will see noodles and definitely not give it a second guess when eating them.

Ingredients needed:

1 cup of broccoli florets (steamed)

1 large handful of fresh basil

1 garlic clove

½ cup of grated parmesan

Salt (to taste)

½ cup of olive oil (more if needed)

Boil up your kid’s favorite pasta then drain and set aside. In a food processor add the broccoli, basil, garlic, parmesan, and salt. Pulse all the ingredients together until they are finely chopped. In between pulses, pour in the olive oil a little bit at a time. Scrape the sides, and check if the consistency is that of pesto sauce. If not, add a bit more olive oil and pulse again.

Peace, love and Kelapo

-Gabriella

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There is a tiny worm that may tell us a big story about ketones. Called Caenorhabditis elegans, or C. elegans for short, this is a transparent free-living nematode (roundworm) less than 1/8 inch long (1 mm) that moves like a snake. The worm lives only about 2 to 3 weeks and emits a blue fluorescence when it dies.  It is one of the simplest organisms that has a nervous system, consisting of 302 neurons (brain cells) and has been used extensively since 1963 in medical research.  Every type of cell in this worm has been thoroughly studied and its entire genome has been mapped out.  C.elegans is a regular passenger on space flights and on the space station and actually survived the space shuttle Columbia disaster in 2003.  It has been used to study conditions like nicotine addiction, effects of zero gravity on muscle atrophy, sleep and aging. 
            
So, what does this have to do with ketones?  A recent research study using C.elegans strongly suggests that ketones extend lifespan and have anti-aging effects.  As we age, our cells deteriorate, often leading to chronic medical conditions and brain diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. Dietary restriction of calories slows the process of aging down and increases the lifespan of many organisms including primates and C.elegans. Dietary restriction is known to increase ketone levels and this could at least partly explain its effects on prolonging life.  Researchers in the anti-aging field look for substances that mimic dietary restriction and lead to longer lifespan and delay the onset of diseases of aging.  It turns out that the ketone betahydroxybutyrate, found in ketone salts (marketed by the Pruvit company), is one of those anti-aging substances. Medium-chain triglycerides (MCT) found in coconut oil, palm kernel oil and MCT oil, partly convert to betahydroxybutyrate as well.
            
In 2015, researchers at the University of South Florida published their study in which they found that high levels of D-betahydroxybutyrate extended the lifespan of C.elegans by 26% and that this effect was likely due, at least in part, to suppressing certain enzymes involved in inflammation and damage from reactive oxygen species. They then studied the effects of betahydroxybutyrate on models of the worm that were engineered to represent Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease.  They further found that betahydroxybutyrate delayed the onset of signs of Alzheimer’s in the worm by 15% and also delayed the formation of clumps of the abnormal protein found in Parkinson’s disease by 35%.    The bottom line here is that betahydroxybutyrate prolonged the lifespan and was found to protect brain cells in the worm.
            
In an article published in 2017, Dr. Richard L. Veech and his associates at the National Institutes of Health further explain how these findings in C.elegans might be translated to prolonging human lifespan and delaying effects of aging on the brain.  The likely ketone effects involved include anti-inflammatory effects, reduction of damage from reactive oxygen species, and reducing levels of glucose and insulin.  My summary here is just a simple explanation for the very technical, complicated biochemistry involved.
            
We gigantic humans share many of the same chemical pathways as C. elegans, including those studied in the University of South Florida experiments. Do ketones have anti-aging effects?  Based on the latest information from studying this little worm, the answer to this question appears to be yes!
References:

Edwards C, J Canfield, N Copes, et al. D-beta-hydroxybutyrate extends lifespan in C. elegans. Aging Vol. 6 No. 8 (2014):1-24.
Edwards C, N Copes, PC Bradshaw. D-beta-hydroxybutyrate: an anti-aging ketone body. Oncotarget Vol. 6 No. 6 (2015): 3477-8.

Veech RL, PC Bradshaw, K Clarke, et al. Ketone bodies mimic the life span extending properties of caloric restriction. IUBMB Life Vol. 69 No. 5 (2017):305-314.

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