We have watched multiple advertisements about various oils advocating low cholesterol, or a “good” cholesterol. That makes us all wonder – what is so good or so bad about cholesterol? Cholesterol is produced in the liver and sent to various parts of the body.
LDL and HDL are the two kinds of cholesterol that are famously used in campaigns, behind containers, on standees, and large newspaper advertisements. Many times, people suggest a cholesterol check-up to find out the amount of both of these quantities.
LDL stands for Low-Density Lipoprotein. It delivers cholesterol to the tissues and arteries. A high amount of LDL in the body can cause blockages in arteries and tissues leading to heart attacks, strokes, and diseases of the like.
Popularly known as “bad” cholesterol, LDL is commonly found in butter, cheese, coconut oil, cream, egg yolks, red meat, and even whole milk.
HDL, on the other hand, is known as the “good” cholesterol. It stands for High-Density Lipoprotein and is used to transfer cholesterol from the tissues back to the liver. It helps prevent unnecessary deposition of cholesterol in the arteries, hence preventing heart diseases.
You can consume HDL in the forms of Monounsaturated Fatty Acids and Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids. These are found in almonds, canola and peanut oils, cashews, peanut oil, soya bean, soya milk, walnuts, and the like.
It is recommended to get a cholesterol checkup once you attain the age of twenty years. A cholesterol test is a blood test taken after twelve hours of fasting. The test is helpful in informing self about the balance of cholesterol in the body and helps keep heart risks at bay.
The best ways to maintain a healthy cholesterol level in the body is to eat cereals, fresh fruits, and vegetables that have no cholesterol at all. Follow a balanced diet with regular exercise that may contain running, cycling, rope-jumping, or swimming!