HEALTH CONCERN

CHOLESTEROL AND CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE

CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE:-

Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in America, causing nearly 15 percent of all death in 2011. Food is directly involved in many of the risk factors for heart diseases. Paying attention to what we eat is one of the most important preventative measure we can take. Cardiovascular disease generally refers to condition that involved narrowed or blocked blood vessels that can lead to heart attack, chest pain or stroke. Other heart conditions, such as those that affect heart's muscle, valves or rhythm , also are considered as a form of heart disease.

CHOLESTEROL LEVEL AND DIETARY FATS:-

cholesterol is a fat that is crucial to many metabolic function and is an essential of all body cell's membranes. Cholesterol is produced in the body from the food we eat and is produced in liver. Saturated and trans fat in the diet tend to increase LDL cholesterol in the body (LDL cholesterol can lead to plaque forming on arteries). Common sources of saturated fats include animal products (butter, beef, meat fat, lamb, chicken skin and full cream dairy foods) and processed foods like pastries and biscuits ).

HELP REDUCE RISK OF HEART DISEASE:-

-> Avoid fried fast food and processed food containing shortening.

-> Choose a variety of oils (extra virgin olives oil, coconut, peanut) and food containing natural fats (nuts, seeds, avocado, olives, soy , fish)

-> Switch to low - fat or non- fat dairy products..

-> Include legumes (Like baked beans, soybeans, lentils and tofu) in your diet.

-> Trim all visible fat from meat.

-> Avoid added salt at the table and cooking and salty foods.

FOOD THAT CAN CAUSE CHOLESTEROL :

There are several foods that can cause cholesterol:

Butter

Ghee

Hard margarines

Fatty meat and meat products such as sausages.

Full fat cheese,milk, cream and yogurt.

Coconut and palm oils and coconut cream

CHOLESTEROL LOWERING FOODS:

Orange Juice

Green tea

Cranberry Juice

Almonds

Oatmeal

Avocados