Franziska Spritzler RD CDE writes:
“For years, you’ve been told that high-cholesterol foods increase the risk of heart disease. However, many recent studies have shown that this isn’t necessarily true. Most of the cholesterol in your blood is produced by your liver. When you eat foods high in cholesterol, your liver produces less. For this reason, cholesterol in the diet has only minor effects on blood cholesterol levels in most people. Studies also suggest that eating dietary cholesterol has no link to heart attacks or strokes. What’s more, many foods high in cholesterol are among the healthiest and most nutritious foods.
Here are seven high-cholesterol foods that are super healthy:
Cheese is a tasty, filling food that may improve heart health and promote the loss of body fat.
Whole eggs are loaded with nutrients. Almost all of the nutrients are found in the yolks, which also happen to be high in cholesterol.
Liver is packed with vitamin A, vitamin B12, protein, and iron. It is also extremely high in choline, which most people don’t get enough of.
Shellfish are high in protein and rich in several nutrients, including selenium and iodine, that reduce disease risk.
Cod Liver Oil
Cod liver oil is rich in omega-3 fatty acids and vitamins A and D. It may protect against heart disease.
Other Organ Meats
Organ meat, such as kidney and heart meat, is rich in many vitamins and minerals. Heart meat is also high in beneficial CoQ10.
Sardines are rich in several nutrients. They are very high in omega-3s, which improve heart and brain health while fighting depression.
The bottom line
Dietary cholesterol has only minimal effects on blood cholesterol in most people. More importantly, it has no strong links to the risk of heart disease.
The truth is that most of the foods that are high in cholesterol are also healthy and nutritious.”
Do you enjoy any, or all, of the foods listed above?
In our house we include all seven within our menu plans, and always start our day with an egg! There are so many ways you can cook them, I might just make a caprese omelette for breakfast tomorrow!
Caprese Omelette : Low Carb
Dear reader, a variety of articles, and recipe ideas, are within this blog, not all may be suitable for you. If you may have any food allergies, or underlying health issues these must always be taken into account. If you are a diabetic and not sure how certain foods may affect your blood sugars, test is best, i.e. use your meter.
All the best Jan