If you like eating fast foods, fatty meats, cream, butter, solid cooking oils, coconut and palm oils, pasteries and buscuits, cakes, chocolate, most cheeses, full cream dairy products and commercially fried foods, these food, beware! There is heaps of cholesterol being taken into your body.
There are two types of cholesterol:
LDL (Low density lipoprotein) is know as the bad type of cholesterol because when the count is high, it has artery clogging effects.
HDL (High density lipoprotein) is the good type because it actually collects 'left over cholesteroal and takes it back for recycling.
Cholesterol is a white waxy, substance found in every cell of both humans and animals. All animal food contain cholesterol. It often deposits around the inside of the arteries reducing the internal circumference of the arteries, thus increasing the force the heart needs to produce, to push the blood through the drinking straw sized tubes. When the clogging of the ateries takes place, the heart responds by giving us heart attacks, and sometimes death.
The human body produces its own cholesterol for many important body functions; it does not need to take on any cholesterol produced from outside sources.
What are the functions of cholesterol?
1. Forms bile to aide digestion.
2. Assists in the formation of Vitamin D in the skin.
3. Helps with Brain function.
4. Assists in the production of hormones.
How can we lower the levels of cholesterol in our bodies?
2. Maintain an ideal body weight.
3. Reduce stress.
4. Don't smoke.
5. Modify the diet.
How can I modify my diet?
1. Reduce total fat intake.
2. Reduce saturated fat.
3. Increase fibre intake (soluble fibre)
4. Identify hidden fats in foods.
5. Take big changes in what is purchased at the supermarket.
Foods that have the potential to increase blood cholesterol levels are those containing solid fats. These fats trigger the body mechanism to produce more choesterol.
Foods that can help lower levels of cholesterol:
Mono or polyunsaturated oils, olives, nuts, seeds, and avocadoes. Foods high in souble fibre such as oats, barley, fruits, vegetables, and legumes.
To keep in good health remember the three keeys to good health - Balance, Variety and Moderation.