What is cholesterol?

Cholesterol is a natural substance found in the body and it’s  important to our health. The body uses cholesterol to produce bile acids that help digest fat. But if levels of LDL, the “bad” cholesterol, are too high, they can cause the gradual buildup of cholesterol called plaque on the walls of blood vessels. When arteries begin to narrow due to to the build up of plaque, there is an increased risk of heart disease. HDL is often called the “good” cholesterol. Higher levels of HDL are considered good because HDL carries LDL cholesterol away from the blood vessel walls to the liver, where it can be removed from the body. It might be surprise you to learn that some fats are actually good.

The Good: Unsaturated Fats- Flax seed oil (Aelsi jo tel), Nuts and Seeds oil, Non-hydrogenated margarine.

The Bad: Saturated Fats- Fatty meats & poultry with the skin on, Higher fat dairy products, Baked cookies and Cakes.

The UglY: Trans Fats- These are the worst trans fat offenders include some margarines, cookies, crackers and fast food.

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