Sunday, July 31, 2011


Cholesterol is substance which is found in the cellular membranes of all animals. You do not have to consumed this substance since the human body creates it’s own supply.  Cholesterol is only found in animals and cannot be consumed from eating fruits, vegetables, or nuts.

Cholesterol is broken into two categories which are bad cholesterol (LDL) and good cholesterol (HDL).  Following a diet plan that is high in cholesterol can lead to an increased risk of heart attack or stroke.  When monitoring your cholesterol levels you want to make sure that your bad cholesterol levels are low and your good cholesterol levels are normal.  When you have higher than normal bad cholesterol it causes plaque to build up in your arteries which can lead to heart diseases.  When you have a higher good cholesterol count you are at less risk of heart disease.

To avoid having a high bad cholesterol count it is important to limit the amount of dietary cholesterol you consume each day.  Around a maximum of 300 mg of cholesterol is recommended in your diet daily.
Here is a list of foods that are high in cholesterol you should limit or avoid:

·     Beef
·     Egg yolks
·     Lamb
·     Pork
·     Chicken and turkey liver
·     Whole milk
·     Ice cream
·     Butter
·     Duck
·     Shrimp

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