Dinner: Pork stirfry

So high cholesterol is a problem? Are you sure? Look at this ten year study done in Norway, looking at fifty thousand people – with no pre-existing heart disease.

For women, the story is very straightforward the higher the cholesterol level, the lower the risk of overall mortality. With regard to heart disease alone, the highest risk is at the lowest cholesterol level. For men there is more of a U shaped curve, but overall mortality is highest at the lowest cholesterol level.

 

So our view of cholesterol is as screwed up as our view of a healthy diet.  Read more here https://drmalcolmkendrick.org/2012/09/25/silence-was-the-stern-reply/

As the article summarises “The boy tried to shout that the Emperor had no clothes, but the crowd had stuck in ear plugs. For who wants to hear such an annoying message anyway?”. But there are many studies which also show this picture.

Three of the best indicators of health are HDL (higher the better) and triglyceride levels (lower the better), LDL particle size and counts (you want large fluffy rather than small dense particles). Look at this excellent summary  https://authoritynutrition.com/diet-cholesterol-and-lipoproteins-explained/

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Todays dinner uses the left over pork from yesterdays Shoulder of Pork. I made up a dressing with Dijon mustard to go with it, it compliments pork very well.

Ingredients:

  • 500g of left over cooked pork
  • A large handful of olives
  • 1 tblsp of cider vinegar
  • 4 tblsp of extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp of Dijon mustard
  • Salt and pepper

Method:

First make the dressing. Combine the oil, vinegar, mustard, salt and pepper in a container withy a lid. Shake well to emulsify.

Heat a tablespoon of healthy fat in a wok or large frying pan. Add the pork and olives and stirfry until heated through.

Serve with some non starchy veg such as broccoli and stir fried peppers.

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