Our bodies need cholesterol to function as it is part of the protective membrane that surrounds every cell and insulates nerve fibres. So why all the fuss about high cholesterol? Simple, you can get too much of a good thing and too much cholesterol increases the risk of heart disease and artery damage.
Very few foods actually have high levels of cholesterol in them already, mainly eggs, offal and shellfish. But if we eat foods which are high in saturated fat our liver turns the fat into cholesterol. Certain proteins then combine with the cholesterol and transport it around our bodies, they are called lipoproteins. Lipoproteins come in 3 varieties, the good, the bad and the very bad: HDL (high-density lipoprotein is the good, protective type of cholesterol; LDL (low-density lipoprotein) is the bad kind, triglycerides are another bad kind, although they are really fatty substances in the blood, rather than cholesterol. The real trouble begins when the triglycerides and the LDL cholesterol are at a high level and the HDL cholesterol at a low level. At such times our bodies will be at high risk of coronary heart disease.
Cut down on saturated fats and trans fats (hydrogenated fats), try and selects monounsaturated fats and polyunsaturated fats instead. Generally try and reduce the around of fatty dairy products, meat and cooking oil you use. Oily fish is good as it is a great source of omega 3’s, other sources of omega 3 essential fatty acids are flax seed (linseed) and oil. Soluble fibre is also good, oats, oatbran, porridge, beans and pulses, lentils, nuts fruit and veg and foods containing plant sterols such as Lestrin which is a food supplement.
The selected lines have been flagged as possibly suitable for those wanting to regulate Cholesterol Intake. This selection has been made from the labels of the product and we have defined low cholesterol as O.005% for the purpose of a definite cut off point. We do ask that you check the ingredients (included with the product details) before consumption to make sure that these products are suitable for you. As already mentioned, the issue with cholesterol is what happens in your body and not the amount in the original food so select carefully.
Remember that once you have selected LOW CHOLESTEROL to narrow your search you will no longer see any other products other than those marked LOW CHOLESTEROL. This may not be a problem, but just to remind you that we only mark relevant products and so general groceries, rice, fruit & veg etc may not be labelled even though they are not a restricted product.