Sunday, January 9, 2011

Cholesterol - it's ok to eat eggs and seafood!!!!

I have been eating a lot of eggs lately because frankly that is the easiest breakfast you can make for yourself if you are keeping an eye on your carb intake. I have been eating so much eggs for the pass couple of months to start to worry about my cholesterol level. So i have done a little bit of research. This article talks about it's okay to eat eggs.... but it got me thinking, how do you reduce your cholesterol level naturally, without having to consume carbs such as Oats (research suggest that oats can help to remove cholesterol from your blood stream). This is what i've found

You don’t need to avoid eggs and seafoodSome foods are high in cholesterol but are fine to eat in moderation, as long as your overall diet is low in saturated fats. For example:
  • Egg yolks – a single egg yolk contains 200–250mg of cholesterol, which is almost the uppermost recommended daily intake (300mg). However, reducing egg intake is probably not important for healthy people with normal blood cholesterol levels.
  • Seafood – prawns and seafood contain some cholesterol but they are low in saturated fat and also contain healthy omega-3 fatty acids. Seafood is a healthy food and should not be avoided just because it contains cholesterol. However, avoid fried and battered seafood.
Foods that may lower cholesterol levels
The most powerful food for lowering LDL cholesterol is polyunsaturated oil (for example, sunflower or safflower oil). Some studies have suggested that eating oats and legumes may lower LDL cholesterol. Food components like saponins (found in chickpeas, alfalfa sprouts and other foods) and sulphur compounds (like allicin – found in garlic and onions) may also have a positive effect in lowering cholesterol levels.

Hope you have found the information useful. So Eggs are green light for me!!!
bye for now.
Cuppypowers xxx


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