Everyone seems to be watching their cholesterol these days. Doctors recommend having your cholesterol levels measured through a blood test at least once every five years beginning at age 20. When your test results come back, the results, combined with your risk factors, can be used to determine your future risk of heart problems.
Cholesterol is a fat-like substance that your body uses for proper functioning. Your body needs cholesterol to produce vitamin D, hormones, and create digestive juices to break down food that you eat. Without some cholesterol in your diet, your body can’t fully function.
Cholesterol is carried through the bloodstream by lipoproteins. There are two different types of lipoproteins. These are a low-density lipoproteins (LDL) and high-density lipoproteins (HDL).
LDL And HDL: The Bad And The Good
LDL cholesterol is considered the “bad” cholesterol because it aids in fat build up in the arteries. This makes the arteries narrower and leads to an increased risk of heart attack, stroke, and peripheral artery disease (PAD). The lower your LDL cholesterol levels, the better.
HDL cholesterol is seen as the “good” cholesterol in your body. HDL can carry about one-third of the LDL cholesterol in the body away from the arteries and back to the liver where it can be broken down. Healthy HDL levels can protect you against heart attacks and strokes. Higher levels of HDL are better, as lower HDL levels can increase the risk of heart disease.
Control Cholesterol With The Right Foods
Reducing LDL and increasing HDL can be done by making smart choices at mealtimes. A diet that is rich in red meat, saturated fat, and processed foods can lead to high LDL numbers. To decrease the numbers, try filling your day with more of these foods:
- A variety of fruits and vegetables
- Whole grains
- Skinless poultry and lean red meat
- Fish that is baked instead of fried
- Vegetable or olive oils
- Unsalted seeds, nuts, and legumes
Foods that are free from processing, such as our homemade soups, are good for your body and soul. SoLé SoupS® offers food with fresh, clean ingredients that are grown and harvested locally. Our homemade soups that have all of the things that can help lower your LDL, and none of the things that can contribute to raising them. From our Brown Lentils with Kale to Yellow Split Pea with Curry, you’ll be eating the way nature intended. That keeps your cholesterol levels, and your waistline, exactly where you want it to be.
Come on into our SoLé SoupS Studio in Agoura Hills and try any of our soups including squash and our new ramen. If you’re not juicing you should be souping.