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Like everything else, there’s a good and bad side to fats. The general misconception that all of them are bad for you, prevalent as it may be, simply is not true. And the most maligned of all is cholesterol.
Practically everyone knows that cholesterol can be responsible for arteriosclerosis, heart attacks, a variety of illnesses, but very few are aware of the ways that it is essential to health.
At least two-thirds of your body cholesterol is produced by the liver or in the intestine. It is found there as well as in the brain, the adrenals, and nerve fibre sheaths. And when it’s good, it’s very, very good:
Cholesterol in the skin is converted to essential vitamin D when touched by the sun’s ultraviolet rays.
Cholesterol aids in the metabolism of carbohydrates. [The more carbohydrates ingested, the more cholesterol produced.] Cholesterol is a prime supplier of life-essential adrenal steroid hormones, such as cortisone, and sex hormones. New research shows that cholesterol behaves differently depending on the protein to which it is bound. Lipoproteins are the factors in our blood which transport cholesterol. Low-density lipoproteins [LDL] carry about 65 percent of blood cholesterol, very-low-density lipoproteins [VLDL] about 15 percent, and do seem to bear a correlation to heart disease. But high-density lipoproteins [HDL], which carry about 20 percent, appear to have the opposite effect. HDL are composed principally of lecithin, whose detergent action breaks up cholesterol and can transport it easily through the blood without clogging arteries. Essentially, the higher your HDL, the lower your chances of developing symptoms of heart disease.
It’s interesting to note that females, who live eight years longer than males on the average, have higher HDL levels, and surprisingly, so do moderate alcohol drinkers.
Eggs might not be as bad as you thought. It is also worth mentioning for instance that though the egg consumption in the United States is one-half of what it was in 1945, there has not been a comparable decline in heart disease. And though the American Heart Association deems eggs hazardous, a diet without them can be equally hazardous. Not only do eggs have the most perfect protein components of any food, but they contain lecithin, which aids in fat assimilation. And, most important, they raise HDL levels!
How to Raise and Lower Cholesterol Levels
Raise Cholesterol Lower Cholesterol
Cigarettes Eggplant
Food additives such as BHT Onions [raw or cooked]
Pollutants such as PCBs Garlic
Coffee Yoghurt [even made from whole milk]
Stress Pectin [unpeeled apple, scraped apple, white
The pill membrane of citrus fruits]
Refined sugar soybeans
For cholesterol watchers, a meal of light-meat turkey is a good choice, especially since no more than 300 mg, of cholesterol a day are recommended for the average person. Three ounces of light-meat turkey have only about 67 mg. cholesterol [though the same amount of dark meat has 75 mg.] Be careful of turkey liver, though; one cup of it, chopped, has about 839 mg. And remember, vegetables are cholesterol-free without butter.

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