Does Cholesterol in Food Count?
Obesity, inactivity, and a poor diet can do more to raise your cholesterol than an egg. The real bad guys are the unhealthy trans fats and saturated fats found in meats, dairy, and processed foods. Opt for low- *** dairy and lean meats, read labels, and watch your carbs and portions. If your numbers are high, ask your doctor what foods you should avoid
When it comes to your blood cholesterol levels, cholesterol in food is less important than eating less saturated and trans fats, and more healthy fats.
Cholesterol in food has only a small effect on the bad (LDL) cholesterol in your blood. Saturated and trans fats in food cause a much greater increase in LDL cholesterol. Eating healthy fats helps the cholesterol balance by decreasing LDL and increasing the good (HDL) cholesterol.
You can include some cholesterol-rich foods as part of a healthy balanced diet low in saturated ***. Cholesterol-rich foods include offal (e.g. liver, pâté, and kidney) and prawns.
Cholesterol is a sterol, a steroid-like hormone made by animals, including humans. The human body makes one-eighth to one-fourth teaspoons of pure cholesterol daily. A cholesterol level of 5.5 (units?) or below is recommended for an adult. The rise of cholesterol in the body can give a condition in which excess cholesterol is deposited in artery walls called atherosclerosis. This condition blocks the blood flow to vital organs which can result in high blood pressure or ***. Cholesterol is not always bad. There are some types of cholesterol which are beneficial to the heart and blood vessels. High-density lipoprotein is commonly called the “good” part of cholesterol. These lipoproteins help in the removal of cholesterol from the cells, which is then transported back to the liver where it is disintegrated and excreted as waste or broken down into parts.
Most Americans are watching their cholesterol, as they should be. More are getting tested, and more are successfully treating their undesirable levels (via diet, weight loss and/or drugs) than ever before. But we aren’t necessarily clearer about what it all means. If you’re like most people, you’re tripped up by some fundamental questions, especially about the connection between the cholesterol you eat and that in your bloodstream.
Cholesterol is essential to life—a part of cell membranes, nerve fibers, hormones and other vital substances. A waxy substance classified as a lipid, it’s found in all animals, and thus in all animal products we eat. Though we measure the cholesterol in the blood, it’s actually in all our cells.
Many people think that all the cholesterol in their blood (and elsewhere in the body) comes from the cholesterol they eat, which is called dietary or preformed cholesterol. In fact, most of it is made by our livers. In addition, the average American consumes about 300 milligrams of cholesterol from food every day (the amount in an egg plus five ounces of meat). Excess cholesterol is excreted by the liver, but some is deposited in the walls of your arteries, where it is involved in the formation of plaque, thus contributing to atherosclerosis and possibly heart attack or ***.
The body makes more than enough cholesterol to meet its needs—you don’t have to eat any to stay healthy. Strict vegetarians eat none and do fine without it.