Reducing the saturated and trans fats from our diet can be a massive step towards decreasing our risk of developing heart disease . But, do we really know what these fats are, or indeed what foods they're found in? According to a new American Heart Association survey, consumer awareness of saturated and trans fats are at an all time high. However, we're still in need of key information on how to improve our eating habits. The survey found that: 93% of consumers were aware of saturated fat, however only 30% could name three food sources of saturated fat 92% of consumers were aware of trans fat, buy only 20% could name three food sources of trans fat Would you be able to name at least three foods high in saturated and trans fats? The good news is that general awareness of the link between ‘bad' fats, and increased heart disease risk has increased from the previous study findings, carried out in 2006. Robert Eckel, M.D., pas...
You don't need a nutritionist to tell you that sugar isn't good for you.
Sugar raises blood sugar , reduces HDL cholesterol , skyrockets triglycerides, triggers abnormal insulin surges, makes us hungry. It also converts the less-harmful large LDL particles to the much more harmful small LDL particles. Sugar also makes you hungry in a cycle of eating followed by insatiable hunger. Sugar makes you fat , especially around the middle.
Obviously, table sugar is not good for you. The content of white table sugar in the American diet has exploded over the last 100 years, totaling over 150 lb per year for the average person. (Humans are not meant to consume any. The closest primitive humans ever came to sugar was their rare exposure to honey, which became available only seasonally.)
So, no surprise, we should avoid sugar and foods rich in sugar.
You know what's worse than sugar?
First of all, there are a number of ways to view the blood sugar-raising or insulin-provo...
Alternative Names High-density lipoprotein test Normal Values In general, your risk for heart disease, including a heart attack, increases if your HDL cholesterol level is less than 40 mg/dL. An HDL 60 mg/dL or above helps protect against heart disease. Women tend to have higher HDL cholesterol than men. Note: Normal value ranges may vary slightly among different laboratories. Talk to your doctor about the meaning of your specific test results. What abnormal results mean Low HDL levels may be a sign that you have an increased risk for atherosclerotic heart disease . A low HDL level may also be associated with: Familial combined hyperlipidemia Noninsulin-dependent diabetes (NIDD) Use of certain drugs such as anabolic steroids, antipsychotics, beta blockers, corticosteroids, and protease inhibitors
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