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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Cholesterol

Wednesday, August 29, 2012
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Cholesterol is a substance that contributes to the many essential compounds formation, including estrogen, testosterone and vitamin D. But too many cholesterol intake can make trouble. Unused portion of cholesterol gets stored as plaque in arteries and in some condition this can disturb blood traffic.
Sources of Cholesterol
Food and beverage that contain Cholesterol such as milk, cheese, poultry eggs, meets, and fish.
The Type of Cholesterol
There are two type of cholesterol HDL (good cholesterol) and LDL (bad cholesterol).
1. HDL
HDL is a good cholesterol, the higher number of HDL, means better. Low level means `beware` of heart disease. An HDL less than 40mg/dL is considered low.
2. LDL
We call LDL as a bad cholesterol because it builds up plaque in the walls of arteries.

Total Blood Cholesterol
Total Blood Cholesterol number refers to the amount of cholesterol circulating in the bloodstream. It provides a direct correlation the amount of plaque in the arteries.
Total Blood Cholesterol is a combination of HDL and LDL. The Total Blood Cholesterol level less than 200 mg/dL is desirable.
How much fat and cholesterol intake each day? Here the recommendations of The American Heart Association.
1. less than 200 mg of dietary cholesterol each day,
2. between 25% and 35% of the day`s total calories should come from fat,
3. less than 7% to 10% of the day`s total calories should come from saturated fat.

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the Benefits of Fat

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Some people especially women afraid with fat. Low fat diet lifestyle is very popular to make good looking and healthy body.
When eating in excess, fat can cause many health problem. However, our body needs fat. Fat performs vital roles in our body.

What is fat? Fat is one of the substances needed by the body to help maintain normal functions of our body organs. According to health experts require 20-30% fat of the total foods we eat.

According to the source, fat can be classified into two types namely fat derived from animals and plants -also known as vegetable fat.

Fat derived from animal contain a lot of cholesterol whereas vegetable fat contains phytosterols, which contains more unsaturated fatty acids that are beneficial to the body.

Fat Benefits
1. Fat supports the body`s cell walls
2. Fat supports develop healthy skin and hair
3. Protects vital organ. Fat surrounds the body vital organs for support and protect it.
4. Fat supplies essential fatty acid.
5. Fat enables the body absorb, store and circulate the fat soluble vitamins A,D,E,K.
6. Fat is a ready source of energy.
7. Fat provides a layer of insulation just below the skin. People who are overweight are often warm because tend to have too much layer of subcutaneous fat.
8. Children need fat to grow up properly.

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