Did you know that even children can suffer from high cholesterol? Read on to find the myths and facts about cholesterol…
Cholesterol and especially high cholesterol have been blamed for heart diseases and other conditions for many years, and as a result, many people have stopped taking cholesterol-rich foods also the ones which are rich in nutrients from their diet. Some are also advised to medication like statins for lowering their cholesterol.
The question is that is cholesterol really bad and one really needs to worry about it. Is it really a foe that clogs up the arteries silently and risks you to the myriads of diseases? Does that cholesterol egg yolk really increase the levels? The answer for this is no.
Here are some myths about cholesterol that have been busted:
Myth 1: Cholesterol is not good
Cholesterol is not bad and if it was bad then the liver would not have been producing cholesterol. The liver is responsible for making about three-quarters of the body’s cholesterol levels. Many healthy foods are rich in saturated fats and cholesterol. The importance of cholesterol is that it helps in regulating the protein pathways. Our body has trillions of cells, and cholesterol makes it easier for these cells to interact with each other. Cholesterol also helps in digestion and without sufficient amounts, the digestion is affected.
Myth 2: What you eat might lead to high cholesterol
This is not true as the large part of cholesterol can be blamed on heredity or genetics. The liver is designed in such a way that it can remove excess cholesterol but genetics affect the liver’s capability to regulate cholesterol. Feeling guilty for eating nutritious cholesterol-rich foods should be avoided. These are healthy for you and do not raise the levels so much as portrayed. Saturated fats are responsible for raising cholesterol and not the dietary fats. Thus it is fine to have eggs, shrimps and other cholesterol containing foods.
Myth 3: Everyone should have the same cholesterol level
Healthy cholesterol levels might differ from individual to individual. It is not a rule that everyone’s cholesterol level should be less than 200 milligrams per decilitre (mg/dL) and the LDL less than 100 mg/dL. Though it is a must to get your cholesterol checked from time to time as it also indicated about your heart health.
Myth 4: Children don’t suffer from cholesterol
Children can also suffer from high cholesterol. This usually happens when the liver does not function properly and it is unable to remove the excess cholesterol from their body. In some cases, the cholesterol levels might rise due to a hereditary or genetic condition. Changes in the lifestyle, diet modification, limiting sugar intake and processed foods allow children to lead a healthy life.
Myth 5: Having margarine is better than butter in cholesterol
Butter, especially if it is organic butter which is prepared from the milk of grass-fed cows is not only nutritious but also provides nutritious fats. According to research, fat levels in the blood are less after eating a meal tossed in butter rather than consuming a diet rich in flaxseed, canola and olive oil. Also, saturated animals fats like butter should not be replaced with omega-6 polyunsaturated vegetable fats like margarine is not very healthy for the heart. Also, margarine is believed to contain synthetic Trans fats which increase the LDL, that to the small LDL and the risk for diseases.