Cholesterol Control

Newspapers have reported on the drawbacks of having a diet saturated in fat. High-fat diet has been linked to high cholesterol and ultimately to heart attacks. Hence, people have started avoiding beef and eggs. But cholesterol is not bad. Our body needs it to protect nerves and build new cells and hormones. It’s only whenever we include foods like pizzas, burgers, ice creams, steaks or any food containing animal product that the problem starts. Excess cholesterol settles over the walls of the arteries and can clog them thus, restricting blood flow. This gives rise to angina, heart attack or stroke. It has been shown that high cholesterol leads to gallstones. There are two kinds of cholesterol called good cholesterol or HDL and bad cholesterol or LDL. LDL may be the cholesterol that clogs the arteries and ought to be lower while HDL scours the artery walls and removes the harmful LDL and ought to be higher.

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