Beating High Cholesterol With Nutrition

jjmyles By jjmyles, 9th Jul 2010 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL
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High cholesterol can kill you. LDL cholesterol is deadly when it clogs your arteries leading to blockages that can cause a heart attack. What you eat can make a huge difference when it comes to winning the battle agaist high cholesterol.

Diet is your first line of defense.

Your diet is your first line of defense against high cholesterol and heart disease. But how do you know what to eat? Should you eat chocolate? Is butter better then margarine? And what about dairy products?

The surgeon Generals office recently updated guideline's for lowering cholesterol. One of the most important recommendations is cutting your daily saturated fat intake from 10% to 7%. Of your intake. that breaks down to about 2 1/2 chocolate chip cookies a day.

Saturated fats are found mainly in meats and dairy products like milk, butter and cheese. This type of fat harms your arteries by causing a build up of damaging plaque in your blood vessels and causes your arteries to become stiff and inflexible according to Dr Paul Nestles research at the Baker Medical Research Institute in Melbourne Australia.This study shows that eating a high fat meal of 50 grams total with two thirds from saturated fats, makes your arteries up to 27% less elastic within 6 hours.

The meal used in the study was a Ham and cheese sandwich with a glass of whole milk and ice cream for desert.

This meal contains less fat then a typical cheese burger and fries. Something to think about isn't it?

Well, what should we do about this? Simple, eat more green and yellow vegetables. These contain Lutein which is a pigment in the yellow and green veggies. Research at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles shows that this nutrient is good for your heart because it helps to keep your arteries clear. The recommendation of Dr. James Dwyer who lead this research is that you eat at least one serving per day of foods like spinach,kale, collard greens, turnip greens, romaine lettuce,broccoli, brussels sprouts and peas.

Of course we already know that fiber is a hero when it comes to lowering cholesterol so we would want to be sure we eat plenty of fruits and vegetables along with whole grains.

Did you know that regular exercise can also help you balance your cholesterol levels? well it can. It also can help you maintain a healthy weight which is good for your heart

In conclusion, my take on the latest FDA guideline's are, keep fatty intake down to 35% of your daily calories.
Eat more fiber.
Eat more green and yellow vegetables,
Don't smoke eat fish in place of some other meats and exercise on a regular basis, oh, and eat more nuts.
Any of the problem foods should not be part of your daily diet and remember if eaten at all, these fatty foods should only be eaten in moderation.
If we can manage to do these things We should be able to manage the cholesterol levels quite well.


Cholesterol, Health, Heart, Heart Defect, Heart Disease, Heart Health, Heart Risk, Nutrition

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author avatar emmy19
21st Jul 2010 (#)

Good Writing Dear

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author avatar Denise O
26th Nov 2010 (#)

Good info. I believe diet is key also.
Thank you for sharing.:)

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author avatar Sherri Granato
21st Mar 2015 (#)

Important information to have. Cholesterol is on the rise, but with great advice like yours, can be controlled.Thanks for sharing.

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