The problems of high cholesterol have risen in recent years and it is just because of the mere fact that people are not at all bothered or conscious about their health, they hardly consider the foods that they eat and how our food habits can directly affect our health. The problems of cholesterol happen when we eat a lot of foods that are high in saturated fats and worse if it is consumed in larger quantities regularly.
If you happen to be conscious of your health, then you need to take precautions in advance, rather than resorting to the issues after it has affected us. Diet is perhaps the most crucial factor when it comes to maintaining healthy levels of cholesterol.
What is cholesterol and why is it bad, when high?
Cholesterol is a white sterol (somewhat alcohol type) that is found in our cells. It is important and needed our cells to protect us from the harmful free radicals. It also aids in our digestive process, helps us deal with stressful conditions and is also used by our body in the repair of damaged walls of the arteries. Cholesterol is found in many foods that we eat daily and also are produced by our body in the liver. But, the problem occurs when due to the collective nature of cholesterol and when in extra quantities in the body, it starts accumulating and causes blockages, hampering blood flow and increasing the chances of high blood pressure.
The human body has two types of cholesterols – the good ones called HDL and the bad ones called LDL. When the levels of the bad ones rise, all sorts of cholesterol-related issues start occurring. It mainly happens when we start consuming more foods with bad ones and less of the good ones. The good cholesterol counters the bad ones, by reducing its production and absorption in the body.
What are the foods that we should always avoid for cholesterol?
A normal dietary habit should be to avoid the foods that are high in bad cholesterol and replace them with the ones with higher levels of good cholesterols. At the same time, high fat consumption should also be monitored, as fatty acids tend to bind with our liver cells and together regulates the production of cholesterol.
We should be very careful and observant of our fat intakes, that how much and which type are we eating. Each fat affects cholesterol levels differently.
Type 1: The Saturated Fats
These are bad and mainly found in meats and dairy products. They propagate the liver to produce more LDL, the bad cholesterol.
Type2: The Unsaturated Fats
This type of fat is very common in vegetable oils, nuts, seeds, beans, plant foods, and fishes. Many of these fats help in increasing the rate at which our liver breaks down bad cholesterol and reabsorbs them.
Type 3: The Trans Fats
These types of fats are usually solidified forms of vegetable oil and an artificial process called hydrogenation is used to manufacture them. Packaged, fried and baked foods contain these types of fats and are not at all considered good if consumed regularly. They are the worst type of fat because not only do they increase levels of bad cholesterol in the body, they also lower the levels of the good ones.
According to expert and acclaimed dietician, Sheela Seharawat of Diet Clinic, while we were young, we hardly bothered what we are eating. High cholesterol and heart diseases are deadly, as much as we love continuing with our teenage habits of eating, when diagnosed with these issues, we should seriously start monitoring what we should eat and whatnot.
She explains some of the worst foods for cholesterol:
As you look for ways and foods to stay healthy and maintain healthy cholesterol levels, do remember these above-mentioned foods that are a strict "NO".
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