One of my readers, Deborah, submitted this informative guest post to give us the scoop on cholesterol levels (good and bad). She is a blogger at www.cholesterolloweringdiets.net and has tons of great information on how to eat healthy and be mindful of your cholesterol. Click here to read a bit more about Deborah (see how gorgeous she is-esp for being born in 1960!) Read her guest post below:
Knowing More about Low Cholesterol Diets
a. Cholesterol Truths – Good and Bad
A lot of folks always think cholesterol is not good, but you can actually classify it into two types. LDL and HDL are the two types – the bad one and the good one. If you have plaque build-up in your artery, that means you have too much LDL. This usually results in narrow arterial openings, which will mean a slower and lesser flow of blood. You should stop blaming dietary cholesterol for having a high level of cholesterol in your blood. Instead, you should point the finger at your high levels of both Trans fat and saturated fat. If you take in a lot of healthy, fibrous foods and exercise often, you can keep your cholesterol levels down.
b. Number Relevance in Cholesterol
All adults are encouraged to check their cholesterol levels once every five years at a minimum. The results will show the levels for your Triglycerides, LDL cholesterol, HDL cholesterol and total cholesterol. Engaging in exercise and changing your diet are necessary if your levels are not within the normal range.
c. Vitamin E and How it Can Protect the Heart
You can find Vitamin E in many nuts, leafy vegetables and vegetable oils. While it cannot prevent a stroke, Vitamin E can still reduce your risk for heart disease.
d. Lowering Cholesterol with these Five Foods
1. Oatmeal, Oat Bran – packed with soluble fiber, which can bring down your LDL cholesterol dramatically.
2. Fish – a very rich source of omega 3 fatty acids that are idea in lowering your LDL and increasing your HDL levels.
3. Nuts – has a lot of healthy fats and fiber that, when eaten, can also lower LDL cholesterol levels.
4. Plant Sterols – it can decrease your LDL as high up as fifteen percent, with sources such as margarine, salad dressing, orange juice and cookies.
5. Soy – soy is a good replacement for meat, and you can be sure it reduces your level of LDL by 3%.
e. Benefits You Get from Plant Sterols
Foods such as VitaTops Muffin Tops, Benecol Spread, granola bars and fat free milk are rich sources of plant sterols. You can easily help your heart when you start eating foods packed with plant sterols and avoid eating foods that contain saturated fats. A saturated fat-filled diet is not canceled out by this. Exercising often as well as eating healthy food will keep your cholesterol in check.
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