Is a cholesterol free diet even possible? Maybe, maybe not but more importantly is it safe for you to have a completely cholesterol free diet?
I mean with all of the important functions cholesterol performs in your body like:
1. Hormone production (estrogen and testosterone)
2. Helps to provide cell wall strength
3. Helps with digestion (bile acid production)
4. Provides insulation for nerves
5. Aids Vitamin D production
6. Helps repair cell membranes
Do you really want to go without those functions taking place in your body?
If you do a search on the web you’ll find hundreds of searches monthly for cholesterol free diet. People all over the world are looking for the ultimate low to no cholesterol diet plan.
But again is a cholesterol free diet what you desire or really want? Or is it the decreased heart attack risk and benefits being healthier can provide? Maybe, maybe not only you really know the answer to that question.
Remember your body produces cholesterol in your liver so that the various functions listed can occur. The issue for most people is that they add too much additional cholesterol into their body from the foods they consume.
Now because the amount of cholesterol your body needs varies from day to day and over time, what seems like a normal or healthy amount of cholesterol today. May be too much the next day after that burger and fries pushed you over the levels your body needs.
Eat too much fat and cholesterol filled foods and the excess enters your blood stream and begins to clog up your arteries. Which you already know about at this point but, here is the thing. How do you know your blood cholesterol is high on Tuesday but not on Wednesday? Do you carry a portable test kit with you?
How do you know how much cholesterol is in that sandwich and chips without testing it? You don’t know and besides who wants to spend all of their time doing cholesterol food analysis? No you want to eat and move on.
So that brings me back to my question, is there such a thing as a cholesterol free diet? Maybe there is but, wouldn’t it be more enjoyable to add low cholesterol foods to your diet?
You know try adding foods like fruits and vegetables, whole grains, fish etc. to your meals and snacks, instead of searching the globe for zero cholesterol foods all the time.
I’m not saying not to seek out zero cholesterol food because the less you consume the better. But do not let cholesterol free diets consume your diet choices live a little eat a low cholesterol pork chop or chicken dish.
Let your hair down and have a slice of banana nut bread. Keep and eye on your cholesterol levels but don’t only focus on everything you eat being cholesterol free all the time.
It immediately caught my attention because for all of the gains we have made over the past few decades to reduce heart disease and high cholesterol.
Future generations of kids face the real possibly of undoing all of the gains made in the area of cholesterol reduction and heart disease simply because they are too fat.
I know using the word “fat” may be offensive to some and obese sounds better and I offer no apology for saying it. Lets’ get real here childhood is the time in all of our lives for fun, good times, memory making, etc. It shouldn’t be a time used unknowing to hasten our death later in life. Every obese child is slowly and unwittingly increasing his or her odds of developing heart disease.
But, there is an alternative outcome should you as the parent of an obese child or you as that obese person this article is addressing should consider. Lose weight or help your kid to lose weight and improve their health. I have seen it time and time again, an obese or overweight person suffering with various health problems slowly notice those health problems decrease as the weight comes off.
Will it be easy? No. Is it worth it? You bet it is, your physical health and mental health will improve dramatically. You will spend less money on medication, clothing everything and you will feel better in the long run.
You can reduce your familys’ of Heart disease and high cholesterol by adopting a low cholesterol diet, exercising several times a week and committing to helping yourself and your children to lose weight.
Our children don’t have to face a future with increasing heart disease in their plans we can take steps today to help them to avoid a very unpleasant and costly health problem. Do it now, don’t delay.
When it comes to the question of “how to reduce cholesterol”, most people seem to think that they only have one option to lower their cholesterol – medication. Probably because that is what they see everyday on TV, in the newspaper, magazines, on the web etc., etc.
So it makes sense that would be the option of chose for a lot of
people. Truth is there are at least three or four other very good
options you may want to consider when it comes to lowering your
I’ll briefly cover them here so you can decide for yourself which
approach interest you
1. The old favorite of most doctors is medication, there are
several to choose from. But, the most popular are the Statins
which reduce you cholesterol. But because Statins come with a
long list of side effects it is not always the best choice for
2. Next there is the exercise like an Olympic champ method, which
requires you to workout so much that you burn away the fat,
calories, cholesterol, etc. This method is effective but most
people don’t stick with it long term.
3. Then there is the easiest and often first attempted how to
reduce cholesterol method – diet modification. This involves
you adapting a cholesterol diet that will help you decrease your
heart attack risk. Changing your diet is a major life event that
is doable but sometimes challenging.
But here is a method you may want to try. Pick one meal (breakfast,
lunch or dinner) and eat something filling but healthy. Then add a
second meal in one day followed by a third meal and you are on your
way to changing your eating habits one meal at a time.
Spend a little time to read up on what foods help to lower
cholesterol and soon you will gain the knowledge you need to eat
three low cholesterol meals and snacks with no problem.
Speaking of diet modifications I can not let you go without
mentioning the need to increase your fiber intake on a daily basis.
I know I just blew it by mentioning fiber but, listen up.
When it comes to how to reduce cholesterol increasing your fiber
consumption is one of those secret weapons heart doctors preach
about all the time. Cholesterol diets can represent a challenge for you but you can do it, you can improve your health.
Take your time and get moving because the sooner you learn how to
reduce cholesterol issues limiting your heart health. The quicker
you will lower your heart attack risk in the process.