Most consumers confuse the difference between cholesterol in food and cholesterol in blood. Although there is a relationship between these, there is an important difference between the two.
To help clear up the confusion, it is important to remember the following:
- Our body makes its own cholesterol from everything we eat, but especially from excess calories. The extra calories can be fat, carbohydrates, or protein.
- Saturated fat stimulates the body to make cholesterol. For this reason, it is very important to avoid foods that are high in saturated fat, instead of avoiding foods that are high in cholesterol.
It is important to control blood cholesterol to be able to make the necessary changes in our lifestyle – diet changes, physical exercise, stop smoking – or seek the necessary medical advice and the best therapy to reduce a high rate of cholesterol in the blood. Better yet, eat in moderation, exercise regularly, and don’t smoke. Why wait for a high blood cholesterol level to make changes? We all know how difficult it is to change our habits.
To avoid having a high level of cholesterol in the blood, you must:
- Avoid overeating. Remember that eating too much encourages the body to make more cholesterol.
- Avoid saturated fat. In general, saturated fat is found in fatty foods of animal origin such as meat, milk, and cheese. Actually, peas, lentils, and beans are a good alternative to replace animal foods because they contain the protein the body needs without saturated fat.
- Avoid gaining weight. If you are overweight, try to regain your normal weight with a balanced diet and regular physical exercise.
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