The Big Lowdown on Cholesterol

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Cholesterol is increasingly proving to be a major health risk for food lovers. But how to combat it exactly?

The food list associated with cholesterol is pretty diverse: it ranges from a huge helping of red meat for dinner to plenty of bread the next morning as a breakfast meal. This is because foods such as these are rich in saturated fats, trans fats, or are packed with sugar in carbohydrates.

Cholesterol can be best described as “lipid produced by the liver”. It’s a necessity to hormones, DNA, cell membranes and for your brain to work. Cholesterol is actually composed of many minute particles, such as triglycerides and lipoproteins. Lower Density Lipoprotein (LDL) is almost always termed as the most harmful cholesterol, while High Density Lipoprotein (HDL) is the positive cholesterol amongst all lipoproteins; when you have a lot of HDL the chances of you getting inflicted with heart disease gets significantly lower.

Meanwhile, the Very Low Density Lipoprotein (VLDL) is packed with triglycerides and they all move through the bloodstream supplying with tiny cholesterol particles. It increases risk of a heart attack if if cholesterol gets far too attached to the walls of the arteries and it is also noted as a primary contributor to cardiovascular disease.

One of the ways that you can reduce the chances of this affecting your health is by including more exercise in your daily routine, as well as a more personally considerate diet, or even opting for a healthier inclusion of regular food than before to tone down the level of LDL in your body – reduce the amount of processed foods, potatoes and added sugar in your diet and make a surplus of olive oil, fish (especially, the fatty types!), fresh vegetables, legumes, whole grains and nuts.

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