Importance of FAT Know your numbers Healthy Habits At a Glance Bibliography/Acknowledgement
Cholesterol is soft waxy substance present in all parts of our body. We obtain it by two sources.
Our body produces cholesterol as it is needed so we do not have to consume too much of dietary cholesterol.
A diet high in cholesterol and saturated fats would increase blood cholesterol levels in many people. As a result "PLAQUE" would built up in the inner walls of arteries and makes it difficult for blood to pass through arteries. This would increase the risk of heart attack or stroke.
Click on the image (1) to view the normal artery and the artery with PLAQUE formation, obstructing the blood flow.
All of us have two types of Cholesterol in our body.
|Dietary Habit||How it effects us|
|Healthy amounts of unsaturated fat||Reduces LDL and increases HDL|
|Too much of saturated fat||Increases LDL|
|Trans fat||Increases LDL and reduces HDL|
|Too much of any type of fat||Increases weight ** and increases triglycerides.|
|Diet rich with Essential Fatty Acids with proper ratio of omega-3 and omega-6 fats||Lowers triglycerides, lowers blood pressure, increases HDL|