A triglyceride is another word for fats and oil.
Fats in the blood – triglycerides.
This affects triglycerides:
- What we eat
- Hormones and menstration
- Stress and illness
- Recently completed excercise
What is cholesterol?
Cholesterol is a life essential building block in each of our cells in the body. When we talk about cholesterol we usually mean the amount of cholesterol in the blood, but cholesterol is a waxy substance that cannot dissolve in water.
In order for the body to function the body needs cholesterol, and the body produces the amount of cholesterol neccessary. So if you eat food high in cholesterol the body produces less, and if you eat too little cholesterol via food then the body produces more. In other words, it regulates itself. The cholesterol is produced in the liver. The fat in the blood gets transported in ‘packages’ that are called lipoproteins.
VLDL – triglycerides
LDL – low density lipoproteins
HDL – high density lipoproteins
LDL is known as the ‘bad cholesterol’ and has a consistency that reminds us of candy floss – fluffy. When LDL is compact and small (not big and fluffy) they may then get stuck on the inside of our blood vessels. The correct foods and fats (even saturated fats), makes however the LDL large and fluffy! This minimizes the risk of LDL causing blockaged. LDL is also a necessity, so without it we die.
HDL is good, the higher the better! Yes, this is true! HDL minimises the risk of illnes and heart disease. HDL helps to transport the bad LDL from the blood and back to the liver where it gets delivered and changes into substances that the body needs. In other words, HDL helps minimize the amount of LDL!
Natural fats is what mainly raises the HDL, and carbohydrates lowers the HDL!
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Det som höjer det skyddande HDL mest är naturligrlig fett, såsoom mättat fett. Kolhydrater sänker HDL!
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