There is a saying that goes. “We are what we eat.” This is so true as the food being consumed may affect the cholesterol levels inside the human body. This makes the person prone to high blood pressure or heart disease through age, which could leave them paralyzed or dead.
If you are already aware that you are eating unhealthy foods too often, then isn’t it about time you changed to a diet that is beneficial to your body. For a start, you should eat more fresh fruit and salads. Give yourself a pat on the back when you eat foods that are rich in high-density lipoprotein (HDL) or those with good cholesterol. Avoid consuming foods with low-density lipoprotein (LDL) or those having the bad cholesterol which are the ones that are hazardous.
Most of us know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. However, we should pay attention to what we eat at every meal, and breakfast is no exception. Instead of eating bread or toast, how about replacing it with oatmeal or porridge. Research shows that eating oats can lower your cholesterol by more than 20 percent in just two weeks, when compared to other common breakfast foods. Moreover, if you make porridge, oatmeal (or muesli)Â for breakfast every day, then your cholesterol levels will continue to drop as your body cleanses itself.
Apples or other fruits are also a great start for the day, so have a fruit breakfast from time to time as well, so you don’t get bored with the oatmeal.
Also, studies show that people who eat at least two whole apples each day (or drink 12 ounces of apple juice) can reduce their chance of heart diseases by 50 percent. Eating whole apples, complete with skin, is healthier than juice because it contains some roughage. The cholesterolÂ stays the same. Your apples or juice can be purchased at the supermarket and eaten any time of the day. It doesn’t have to be your breakfast every day, unless you really like it that way.
During lunch or dinner, people really need to have some vegetables with the meal. Red meat is full of cholesterol, so you should have fish or poultry instead… or even eat like a vegetarian a few times a week. This will cut down the saturated fats right down in your food, and really help your health.
People who enjoy cooking at home can try adding a few healthy ingredients into the meals. One example is garlic that has natural properties that can de-clog the arteries, which again lower your odds of bringing on to heart disease.
Eating a can of pork and beans once in a while is also quite good for the diet. The sugar in the mix is not a good thing, because it makes most people want to eat too much. But the beans contains soluble fibers which combat the bad cholesterol in your body. Eating onions should also increase the body’s HDL and lower the LDL. But since onions cause bad breath, you’ll need to eat a mint afterwards or use a breath spray before you talk to anyone up close!
People are often told that fats are not good for the diet. This is rather misleading because fats come in many forms. Unsaturated fats and omega 3 fatty acids are actually very good for you.
When preparing a dish, cooking oils are usually used to prevent the meat or protein sticking. The healthiest cooking oils are those with mono-saturatedÂ fats or poly-saturated fats. These types of fats can also reduce cholesterol. So when you’re shopping and choosing the food, read the labels carefully.
If you’re a bit overweight, and too many of us in the western world are, then you are potentially at risk from high levels of cholesterol in your bloodstream. Talk to your family doctor or consult a dietician for the best advice and help on eating a healthy diet and losing weight.
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