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Cholesterol: Has an Issue been your fear?

Cholesterol plaque in artery

“For decades, we have been told that eating cholesterol food like meat, eggs, full dairy raise our blood cholesterol and may cause heart diseases. However, there has been no clear link identified between eating cholesterol and heart disease. In fact, some high cholesterol foods like eggs, fish oil, sardines are some of the healthiest options.”

Cholesterol is a waxy, fat-like substance that we need to survive. It contributes to the membrane structure of every single cell in your body and is needed to make hormones and Vitamin D. Our bodies, both make cholesterol and absorb it from food that we eat.

Then the question comes to our mind whether cholesterol is good for our bodies or bad? Also confusion arises if cholesterol is good then how to maintain it in our bodies and if it’s not for any individual they how to maintain it, again is a question. There are several myths about health and obviously lack of awareness gives a sense that cholesterol is bad, but you will surprise to know just like any other things there is also good and bad cholesterol. We also know ‘excess of anything is bad,’ here we want to discuss how to maintain cholesterol and how cholesterol is also important for our bodies.
CholesterolHave you ever heard of lipoproteins? High-density lipoproteins, Low-density Lipoproteins & Very Low-density Lipoprotein. HDL stands for high-density lipoprotein. It is called the “good” cholesterol because it carries cholesterol from other parts of your body back to your liver. Your liver then removes the cholesterol from your body. LDL stands for low-density lipoprotein. It is called the “bad” cholesterol because a high LDL level leads to the buildup of plaque in your arteries. VLDL stands for very low-density lipoprotein. It is also a “bad” cholesterol because it too contributes to the buildup of plaque in your arteries. But VLDL and LDL are different; VLDL carries triglycerides and LDL carries cholesterol.

Consumption of cholesterol would raise your blood cholesterol. It may seem logical, but it doesn’t work that way. The amount of cholesterol in our diet and the amount in our blood are two very different things. However, our body tightly regulates cholesterol, and when it needs more, it makes more. When it needs less, it makes less.

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High Cholesterol can be lowered in many cases through simple lifestyle changes, increased movement and focusing on quantified diet. You should choose lean sources of protein, such as chicken, fish, eggs, legumes etc. Take a wide variety of high-fiber foods, such as fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Always opt for baked, broiled, steamed, grilled, and roasted foods instead of fried foods. Avoid fast foods, junk foods, processed foods, deep fried foods etc.

 

For decades, we have been told that eating cholesterol food like meat, eggs, full dairy raise our blood cholesterol and may cause heart diseases. However, there has been no clear link identified between eating cholesterol and heart disease. In fact, some high cholesterol foods like eggs, fish oil, sardines are some of the healthiest options. Eating fish and other foods that contain omega-3 fatty acids may also help lower your LDL levels. For example, salmon, mackerel, and herring are rich sources of omega-3s. Walnuts, almonds, ground flax seeds, and avocados also contain omega-3. It’s up to you then how you are maintaining your diet to add good or bad cholesterol.

 

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