Our body does need cholesterol to make bile salts, hormones and vitamin D.
Our liver mainly produces it. Cholesterol will build up on the artery
walls when the level of cholesterol in the blood is too high. There are 2
main types of blood cholesterol: LDL (the "Bad" cholesterol) and HDL (the
"Good" cholesterol)High amounts of the bad LDL will deposit cholesterol on
the artery walls forming plaques. More and more plaques will narrow the
arteries lumen and may eventually block blood flow. Therefore LDL is
considered the "Bad" cholesterol.
Lowering bad cholesterol levels by diets is very much possible. Even for
people who are on medicine to lower their cholesterol these diets can work
as an adjuvant to their treatment.
Eat plenty of fruits and
vegetables--they are low in calories and fat.
Try to lower your intake of saturated
fats, since consuming foods with these fats could raise your cholesterol
levels and place you at a higher risk of acquiring heart disease.
Use whole grain foods instead of foods
containing refined flour.
Use low fat or skim dairy products
instead of full-fat dairy.
Cook with lean meats (chicken) instead of red meat, which is
associated with increasing cholesterol levels.
When cooking with oils, use olive and canola oils, which are
particularly high in monounsaturated fats or vegetable oil, which is
high in polyunsaturated fats. Unsaturated fats help lower cholesterol