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Let’s Chat about High Cholesterol

Source: Andrea Knight

Many people are losing weight now a days skipping the carbs, but did you ever hear someone mention that grains help lower cholesterol?  Have you lost weight on something like paleo, high, or Atkins and have high cholesterol now?  Did you wonder why when you are thinner you would have this issue? Of course I should preface this with the disclaimer that I’m not a physician, seek a physician’s advice before starting any weight or health regimen. 

What is cholesterol?  Cholesterol is a waxy fat that often comes from your liver,used in cells and also comes from consuming animal products and dairy.  It can clog arteries and left unchecked it may increase your risk of heart attacks and strokes.

Items like whole wheat, grains and plant sterols help bind to Cholesterol and escort them out of the body.

Some cholesterol fighting helpers include:

  • Psyllium husk
  • Apples
  • Plant sterols
  • Whole grain, whole wheat
  • Olive oil
  • Low fat diet
  • Exercise
  • Beans

I know what you’re thinking, but I lost weight!  I can’t regain it!  It is a common misconception that carbs will automatically lead to weight gain.  Having too many calories based on what you burn every day is the more probable cause.  If you are honest with yourself when you were having carbs you were also having too many calories or not counting calories at all.  You can stay thin and lose fat eating carbs, I did, even with a thyroid issue.  Check out my free article on weight loss.  I had hypothyroid and endomorphism as well, and still lost weight while eating carbs, so bust that fear and belief out to sea! 

I was curious about plant sterols and if switching to a plant sterol butter substitute would be a good choice. Right now in this article I am addressing taste. I tried 3 butter substitutes, Country crock, Benecol, and Smart Balance.

Of the 3, Benecol tasted the best, Country Crock 2nd and with Smart balance I didn’t notice much of a taste.

Benecol is the only one that has plant sterols advertised. Country crock says nothing about helping with cholesterol and Smart balance says it can help but in smaller lettering admitting only if you are already within normal cholesterol levels.

Benecol was harder to find, I did find it at Vons, but not at some of the cheaper grocery stores.

The mediterranean diet is noted on some sites as well, with includes fish, vegetables, olive oil and other healthy ingredients.

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