This time we debunked most popular cholesterol myths, and observed facts. But first of all, let us talk about the main reasons for high cholesterol levels. They are unhealthy diet (too high in saturated fat), excess weight, and lack of physical activity. Also, your age and gender, your family history, and your health in general may affect your cholesterol.
Cholesterol myths debunked
- Americans have the highest cholesterol. Not at all. People in Colombia, Uruguay, Israel, Norway and many other countries are at a higher risk.
- Kids should not worry about cholesterol. In fact, atherosclerosis can start as early as age eight.
- Cholesterol is always a bad thing. High cholesterol can be dangerous, but cholesterol itself is essential to various processes in the body.
- Eggs are evil. Well, eating an egg or two a few times a week isn’t dangerous at all.
Facts about cholesterol
- Cholesterol may be bad for your heart. Elevated blood cholesterol can increase the risk of heart attack.
- It may also cause other health problems. For example, it may lead to kidney failure, and even Alzheimer’s disease.
- High cholesterol may cause erectile dysfunction. Sad, but true.
- You do need some cholesterol. Because it is essential for cell structure, and healthy brain development, in particular.
- Exercise boosts good cholesterol. Fortunately, physical activity can help lower cholesterol naturally.
- Cholesterol can be too low. Pregnant women with low cholesterol are more likely to give birth prematurely. In addition, low cholesterol may lead to anxiety and depression.
Good and bad foods
Foods lowering cholesterol:
- beans, lentils, and peas
- green tea
Foods to avoid:
- lard and goose fat
- fatty meats and sausages
- most snacks
- full dairy products
- too many eggs (one egg a day is quite okay).