By Alane M Archer, ND, CNC
Here in the south, we’ll fry just about anything, whether it be chicken, okra, shrimp, or even ice cream. I actually avoid eating at one particular seafood restaurant because I can’t contain myself to just one order of delicious, crispy, mouthwatering, cholesterol rich hush-puppies. However, as many people know, fried food can lead to various health issues, including heart disease. Why? Fried food contains bad cholesterol (LDL). Low Density Lipoprotein is what clogs your arteries and leads to very serious problems. Therefore, you should avoid any and all cholesterol, right?
Not so fast……………..
Many of you have probably heard of good cholesterol or high density lipoprotein (HDL). Your bodies need cholesterol! The good kind, that is. In fact, your liver actually produces it, and you can find it in the walls of cells in the body. While having a high LDL level is bad, having a high HDL is good for you as it decreases the risk of heart disease.
Your body does need fats, good fats with good cholesterol, in order to function properly. It’s important to find ways to keep your HDL level at a good number in order to support your body’s vital internal operations. The good news is that many of the foods we eat can aid us in that endeavor. For example, if you’re anything like my husband, you’ll go to great lengths to eat avocado (or as we lovingly call them “guacs”). It’s one of the only things he enjoys grocery shopping for, and he’ll eat it plain or make his own guacamole. This fruit not only bursts with health benefits, but it also helps clear out nasty LDL. However, before you go out and raid your nearest grocery store, make sure that you are also informed on the other various foods full of healthy fats that will work best with your own body. Taking an IgG and/or IgE food test will allow you to see which foods with good fats are the best for YOU to consume.
Even healthy foods like avocado, olives, sunflower seeds, pumpkins seeds etc can trigger immune reactions IF you have an intolerance to them! Get Tested, Get Answers, Get Eating Best for YOU!
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“Frequently Asked Questions About Cholesterol.” WebMD, WebMD, www.webmd.com/cholesterol-management/cholesterol-faq#1-3.
Holland, Kimberly. “HDL: 11 Foods to Increase Good Cholesterol.” Healthline, Healthline Media, 3 Apr. 2017, www.healthline.com/health/high-cholesterol/foods-to-increase-hdl.