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Yes, diet does impact on your cholesterol level... here's what to eat to lower it

It's important to note that cholesterol isn't something completely awful. We don't want zero cholesterol floating about in our body. It is merely a chemical building block that is found naturally in cells of the body.

So just what is cholesterol and its job?

Its job in the body is to produce steroid hormones and vitamin D. It also makes bile acid which works like washing up liquid in the gut, emulsifying the fat we eat so that it can be absorbed into the body. Once it's in our blood cholesterol is carried around on the back of specialised proteins.

These proteins may sound familiar from blood results provided by your GP which include high density lipoproteins (HDL), aka 'good cholesterol', and low density lipoproteins (LDL), aka 'bad cholesterol'. Lowering your total cholesterol levels, or improving the balance of cholesterol, is less about removing foods from your diet and more about adding foods into your daily diet.

As a dietitian, one of the more infuriating things I hear is that diet has no impact on cholesterol levels. It does. In fact, it has a significant impact on your cholesterol levels. In studies a cholesterol-lowering diet lowered cholesterol on average by up to 25%. Those sticking to the diet more rigidly lowered their cholesterol the most.

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Cholesterol Protection for Life
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Cholesterol Protection for Life

Dr. Fuhrman's comprehensive approach to lowering cholesterol and preventing heart disease presented here is the most protective and effective program ever.

Guide to Life Risk Protection and Planning
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Prescription for Life, Three Simple Strategies to Live Younger Longer
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Prescription for Life, Three Simple Strategies to Live Younger Longer

Your only real protection is to keep the LDL Cholesterol splinters from getting into your bloodstream, and the best defense is avoiding three types of food. The first and major cause of LDL Cholesterol elevation is saturated fat. The foods we eat ...

Managing Discovery in the Life Sciences, Harnessing Creativity to Drive Biomedical Innovation
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Managing Discovery in the Life Sciences, Harnessing Creativity to Drive Biomedical Innovation

That's the downside of cholesterol, or more precisely, of the lipoproteins with which it is associated. ... walls, which they do, use of the term “good” cholesterolas if it is the cholesterol associated with HDLs that confers protection is misleading.

Low Cholesterol Leads to an Early Death, Evidence from 101 Scientific Papers
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Low Cholesterol Leads to an Early Death, Evidence from 101 Scientific Papers

Are you worried about high cholesterol? The scientific evidence in this book will shock you! The statistics from the scientific literature actually show that having LOW cholesterol means you are more likely to die earlier.

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