Popular Beliefs About Bad Cholesterol

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Popular Beliefs About Bad Cholesterol

Do you see these ten popular beliefs about bad cholesterol, foods and fats?

Have you ever thought how you are taking care of your own heart?
In case you are attempting to maintain healthy cholesterol, or your physician claims you will need to decrease your cholesterol, you are probably looking to keep an eye on your diet plan.

Taking safe practices today could avoid heart problems tomorrow.
That doesn't mean that you need to avoid your entire favourite foods. Learning the real difference in the forms of fat that individuals eat and where these fats come from in our food is important to manipulate the cholesterol level inside our blood.

Below are ten of the most popular beliefs and facts that you ought to know.

  1. Misconception: The healthiest weight loss programme is the one that limits all fats.
    You need 25-35% of your total calories from fats because your body can't produce some fatty acids it requires for correct functioning.

  2. Misconception: All fat molecules are fundamentally the same.
    You will find different types of fats. Mono-unsaturated and poly-unsatured fats might actually decrease your LDL (bad) cholesterol while saturated and trans fats tend to be more closely related to high LDL.
    Types of food that include each variety:-
    - Mono-saturated: extra virgin olive oil. peanut butter and avocados.
    - Poly-unsaturated: Salmon, nuts and vegetable oils including corn, soybean and safflower.
    - Saturated unhealthy red beefs, bacon, real butter and tropical oils including palm oil and coconut oil.
    - Trans fat: Fast food fried potatoes and lots of commercially manufactured foods including doughnuts, crackers and biscuits.

  3. Misconception: Items that are labeled "low fat" also have low calorie options.
    Some food manufacturers replace fat with substances that could possibly have equally many calories.

  4. Misconception: Foods labeled "trans fat free" are often healthy alternatives.
    Food companies may replace trans fat with saturated fats that may also lift your LDL (bad) cholesterol levels.

  5. Misconception: I will obtain a sufficient quantity of plant sterols from foods I consume to get benefit from them.
    While plant sterols are found in many vegetable natural oils and whole grains to vegetables and fruits you will have to eat roughly 100lbs of them daily to have the total daily intake of 0.8 grams necessary for plant sterols to take down cholesterol.

  6. Misconception: Plant sterols decrease cholesterol levels inside blood by disolving it within the digstive tract.
    Plant sterols work by lowering the absorption of cholesterol from your digestive system which often cuts down the higher level of LDL (bad) cholesterol within your body. Cholesterol which is not absorbed is eliminated from the body.

  7. Misconception: People who have normal cholesterol levels won't reap the benefits of having products produced with plant sterols.
    Plant sterols lower cholesterol levels in those with both normal and elevated blood cholesterol. Plant sterols can considerably lower cholesterol levels whatever is the starting point.

  8. Misconception:Children and expectant mothers shouldn't ingest big doses of plant sterols.
    Whilst plant sterols are likely to be thought safe food items, they may generally be not advised for pregnant or breast feeding women and children under 5 years old since these persons typically will not have nutritional requirements for a reduction of cholesterol.

  9. Misconception: If you are wanting to reduce your cholesterol you should make an attempt to get rid of it from your diet almost entirely.
    For many individuals it is perfectly safe to get approximately 300mgs of cholesterol on a daily basis which can be the suggested daily limit.

  10. Misconception: Shellfish including shrimp have a reasonably large quantity of cholesterol and may be avoided over a cholesterol lowering programme.
    While shrimp is higher in cholesterol than various other animal products it is still very lean and low in saturated fats.

So you are still reading this article? Get out and lower your bad cholesterol.

About the author: Lisa.J.Wilson writes for the cholesterol lowering diet foods blog page, her personal hobby blog that shares tricks to help visitors to lower high cholesterol and help spread the knowledge of healthy eating.

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