If you were told to eat butter, coconut oil and olive oil every day as part of your heart-healthy diet, what would you think?

Like most, you’d probably think it’s a crazy suggestion. After all, we’ve been indoctrinated for years on end that we should avoid fat for a healthy heart. However, according to cardiologist Aseem Malhotra, the nutrition facts we’ve all been led to believe are wrong.

Adopting a Mediterranean diet after suffering a heart attack is actually more powerful than aspirin, statins and even heart stents.– Aseem Malhotra

“As part of a heart-healthy diet, I advise my cardiac patients to enjoy full-fat cheese, along with olive oil and vegetables,” Malhotra told the New York Times. Malhotra also recommends enjoying meat and eggs, including the yolks.

According to the New York Times report, “the dangers of high cholesterol are overstated.” A fact that has now been widely recognized.

The American Dietary Guidelines Committee removed the concern about cholesterol in the new dietary guidelines released in 2015, stating that:

“Previously, the Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommended that cholesterol intake be limited to no more than 300 mg/day. The 2015 DGAC will not bring forward this recommendation because available evidence shows no appreciable relationship between consumption of dietary cholesterol and serum cholesterol…cholesterol is not a nutrient of concern for overconsumption.”