Cholesterol is essential for body in normal levels. All cell membranes require cholesterol for proper functioning. Not all cholesterol is bad for health.
Cholesterol is of two types:
1)HDL (High Density Lipids)
2)LDL (Low Density Lipids)
High Density Lipids are good for health as they are degradable to simpler molecules which are digested or metabolized by body. But LDL levels are not good for health as they cannot be metabolized and are stored in body.
To reduce LDL levels you have to avoid some foods and also eat some foods which reduce the cholesterol levels.
Deep fried snacks and sweets
Full cream milk and yogurt
All full fat cheeses
Restrict use of coconut milk
These foods are high in cholesterol quantity and also aid in increasing the existing cholesterol levels.
Now foods which reduce cholesterol levels are:
-All kinds of vegetables, in any amount.
-All kinds of lentils. They contain good amount of protein but no saturated fat.
-Whole eggs – 3 times a week and one at a time.
-Choose chicken (skinned), and all kinds of fish prepared in any way but not deep fried.
-Fat free milk and yogurt and low fat cheeses
-Fruits – at least 3 in a day. Eat any citrus fruit when you feel the need for a sweet.
-Use sesame, mustard, olive, sunflower, soyabean, oil in cooking.
-Not more than 2 cups coffee per day.
Also with above foods, stop smoking and alcohol consumption if you have those habits.
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