Cholesterol Advice

Vegetables and Fruit Help To Lower Blood Cholesterol Levels

Cholesterol is an essential fatty substance that is produced by the body. It is responsible for construction of cell membranes and other functions. LDL (low density lipoprotein) and HDL (high density lipoprotein) are the two types of cholesterol in the bloodstream.  High levels of cholesterol or more specifically high levels of LDL can result in arterial deposits, atherosclerosis and cardiovascular disease (CVD).

The other type of cholesterol, HDL is considered as good cholesterol. On the other hand, a high level of HDL reduces arterial plaque, atherosclerosis and the risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD). There are a variety of vegetables that help keep bad cholesterol or LDL in check.

A healthy diet is the first step towards reducing LDL level and increasing the HDL level in the blood stream.  Such a diet should include complex carbohydrates, fiber, fruit, vegetables, fish and fewer foods rich in saturated or trans fats such as dairy products, red meat or baked or processed foods.

Vegetables and fruit help to lower the rate of absorption of cholesterol by the body and reduce the level of LDL. Fruits and vegetables are rich in natural fiber and complex carbohydrates. Foods of these groups contain vitamins, minerals and other elements that are considered to be essential for a healthy dietary profile. These foods are also low in calories and since they contain a lot of fiber, they give you a full feeling that prevents you from overeating.

Don’t leave greens and vegetables on your plate. Eat them up. You should also encourage your children to their vegetables from a very young age.