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Dr. Aseem Malhotra on Our Absurd Obsession with LDL, Hospitals Required to Serve Junk Food

Updated: Mar 30, 2020

Dr. Aseem Malhotra - Peak Human Podcast


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Hello, hello everyone! I hope everyone is staying safe and properly sequestering themselves in their own homes. The big thing I’m focusing on and I hope other people are as well, is keeping myself healthy and productive. We can make this into a vacation and mess around and eat bread and desserts and get all fat and sassy. Or we can use this time to cook delicious, healthy meals and do home workouts. We can get things done on to-do lists that have been sitting around for months, or we can watch Netflix. I’m having moments of pure unproductiveness but I snap out of it and am actually taking care of things that have fallen to the wayside and feel pretty good about it. Hopefully everyone listening is staying motivated and optimistic and making the best of this situation. You certainly have the power to do so - it’s up to you.

I did this podcast with my new friend Dr. Aseem Malhotra a couple weeks ago and think he has some great info to share. He’s doing some great things out there across the pond. I just posted a video he sent me of him on a news program talking about how important it is to stay metabolically healthy in these crazy times. Underlying metabolic disease such as obesity, hypertension, and type 2 diabetes are huge risk factors with coronavirus. Luckily everyone listening is probably very metabolically healthy or on a journey towards that.

Dr. Aseem Malhotra is becoming one of the most influential cardiologists in Britain and a world leading expert in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of heart disease. He is successfully leading the campaign against excessive sugar consumption. The award-winning NHS cardiologist has successfully motivated leading academics, the media and politicians to make sugar reduction a health priority in the UK by publishing commentaries in the BMJ and mainstream media. He also created the film The Big Fat Fix with Donal O’Neil.

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And on that note, let’s get to it. Here’s Dr. Aseem Malhotra


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  • [6:45] “The science alone isn't enough, opposition from invested interests needs to be overcome”.

  • [10:10] His movement to get junk food out of hospitals. 

  • [14:15] How he pioneered the movement for the sugary drink tax in the UK.

  • [20:20] There are actually contracts in hospitals for those bound to hospital beds to have a trolley sent to them stocked with sugary drinks, potato chips and candy.

  • [21:25] The way the food industry infiltrated sporting events and organizations to promote their products.

  • [29:25] Why we should stop demonizing LDL cholesterol.

  • [35:40] Reducing saturated fat in your diet to lower cholesterol and LDL has no benefit and can actually be very harmful.

  • [40:25] Statins and the latest research and data on it.

  • [43:05] Insulin resistance is the number 1 risk factor that no one is talking about.

  • [52:55]** LDL lowering diets are actually at the very root of the chronic disease crisis.

  • [57:25] What else can we do to help the movement?


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