Fiber, Not Statins, for Childhood Cardiovascular Health

February 20, 2010 | Byron J. Richards, Board Certified Clinical Nutritionist

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 Fiber, Not Statins, for Childhood Cardiovascular Health
A new Finnish study shows that children ages 8 months to 9 years who have the highest level of fiber intake1 in their diets have the lowest levels of cholesterol. It’s that simple. Fix the diets of kids, get them started on a better nutritional path, and they will experience far less obesity and heart disease – while saving society hundreds of billions in health care costs.

In July of 2009 the American Academy of Pediatrics began promoting the use of statins (cholesterol medication) in children to prevent future heart disease. Such a recommendation could only benefit Big Pharma, yet it is sure to become the policy of drug-pushing zealots who could care less how many children they damage for life by giving poisonous statins during the developmental phase of life.

To increase your child’s fiber intake replace packaged and processed foods with whole grain alternatives. Ensure your child eats a wide variety of fruits and vegetables. And if your child seems to gravitate to French fries, potato chips, corn chips, greasy hamburgers, and other junk forms of concentrated fat then use supplemental fiber to further boost the fiber content of their diet. The new study shows that those who ate the most fiber ate the least fat – while maintaining their energy and optimal growth.

Referenced Studies

  1. ^ Fiber Intake and Cholesterol Levels in Children  Am J Clin Nutr  Soile Ruottinen, Hanna K Lagström, Harri Niinikoski, Tapani Rönnemaa, Maiju Saarinen, Katja A Pahkala, Maarit Hakanen, Jorma SA Viikari and Olli Simell

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