Cholesterol Feared, but Needed

Posted on Tuesday, April 05, 2011 | By Farah Moore | In

Unhealthy lifestyles have made the cholesterol as the enemy of man. Yet, these substances beneficial for the brain and liver, and neural networks that exist in the human body. In fact, cholesterol plays a role in the formation of sex hormones.

Hearing the word cholesterol, our minds most certainly directed to the disease of death such as heart disease, stroke, and so forth. Opinion is increasingly shaped by the many advertisements of food products which gives the lure of "free cholesterol".

Excessive exposure, suggesting that cholesterol is a great enemy to human health. Really dangerous cholesterol?

Judging from history, cholesterol does give a bad record for the medical world. In 1908, experts have found that guinea pigs that were fed meat, dairy fat, and eggs will experience excessive fatty deposits on the walls of the arteries (blood vessels).

This causes blood vessels become narrower, known as atherosclerosis. The process lasts very long and is the forerunner of stroke and heart attack. In 1913, several experts to formulate that the deposition of fat is cholesterol.

In 1916, Cornelius de Langen, a Dutch doctor who was working in Indonesia, found that the number of Indonesian indigenous people who suffer from heart disease is lower compared to Dutch people who lived in Indonesia.

He made the speculation that a low cholesterol content among the people of Indonesia caused a diet that contains more elements of plants, rather than Dutch people who prefer meat and other animal foods.
At the end of World War II, research experts in Scandinavia found that deaths from heart disease dropped dramatically during the war. This was due to lower consumption of meat, milk, and eggs.

Currently, the scientists found that people who suffer from heart disease, generally have higher cholesterol levels than healthy people.

No Need to Fat Phobia

Posted on Tuesday, April 05, 2011 | By Farah Moore | In

Fats are able to make fat, but not necessary until the fat phobia let alone to actually avoid it. Fat content of the proper equipment needed by the body to stay healthy.

Fat is the natural molecules are not soluble in water. This is why when people eat too much fat will be fat.

But fat also serves as a source of energy, helps the absorption of vitamins and cell growth. So the right amount of fat is still needed by the body.

"Today the fat has a negative connotation, so that more people are phobic to eat it. But this is the wrong approach," said Dr. Rachel Djuwita Hatma, MPH, in the Workshop titled 'The Importance of Role Fats Essential For Growth.

According to Dr. Ratna, the body requires food with a balanced composition, including fat. Balanced composition that is intended for 50-60 percent carbohydrates, 15-20 percent protein, 30 percent fat, vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, B6, B9, B12, D, E and minerals.

High Cholesterol, Should Abstinence Meat?

Posted on Thursday, March 31, 2011 | By Farah Moore | In

One's diet affects cholesterol levels in the blood. Talk about your diet, amount and type of fat consumed did influence the size of our risk of heart disease.

Foods that contain saturated fats, either from animal meat and coconut oil, both of which will increase levels of cholesterol can cause fatty, especially in the heart. This is the forerunner of heart disease.

One way to reduce levels of bad cholesterol in the body is to reduce the intake of bad fats, like trans fat and saturated fat, red meat, cheese, and high-fat milk.

As a substitute for red meat, you can eat white meat or lean meat. Such as chicken without the skin. You also can choose in which meat has less fat content. To reduce the fat content in meat, meat should be processed by steaming or made clear soup.

The American Heart Association recommends eating fish rich in omega-3 at least twice a week to reduce the risk of coronary heart disease in people with high cholesterol.

Types of foods derived from vegetable, such as fruits, vegetables, and nuts, contains almost no cholesterol. That is why, vegetarians who do not eat meat, including poultry meat, usually have cholesterol and triglyceride levels.