Our body needs cholesterol to build and maintain healthy membrane in the cell as well as make hormones to restore chemical balance in the body. We need cholesterol, especially the good one, LDL to protect the body from free radical damage. Too many free radicals can cause oxidative stress, informing the body of high toxicity in glucose. This can lead to diabetes and other dangerous diseases.
Too much cholesterol, stored as fat in the blood stream can cause heart diseases as well as other imbalances in the body.
Good cholesterol, LDL (Low density Lipoprotein) cleanses the arteries and keep them healthy allowing the blood to circulate freely and prevents any clogging.
Meat and dairy food increases the levels of bad HDL (High Density Lipoprotein) cholesterol and increases the levels of damaging free radicals.
High levels of cholesterol are usually linked with poor diet full of fried and fatty animal based food.
However more and more vegetarians have also high levels of bad LDL cholesterol and are puzzled as why this is the case. Even healthy vegetarians, who avoid junk and fried food are still prone to high cholesterol and therefore are at risk of coronary diseases.
Yes, some of these vegetarians are genetically conditioned but even though they still can lower their cholesterol by eating more healthily and avoiding taking drugs to maintain body balance.
What is the hidden component increasing the bad HDL cholesterol in people who eat healthy, vegetarian food?
The answer is very simple – sugar. Sugar in a form of processed carbohydrates, sugary drinks and alcohol can increase the levels of cholesterol and create havoc in the body.
The consumption of high fructose/ sugar damages the body creating high levels of bad cholesterol.
Healthy eating is not only associated with the consumption of meat and dairy and fried food but mostly by eating food, which is packed with sugar.
White bread, cakes, biscuits, pasta and any other products made from white bleached flour are converted into sugar and fat causing obesity, heart diseases, diabetes, high level of cholesterol and other dangerous diseases.
Regular consumption of alcohol and soft drinks are also dangerous to the body and should be avoided or limited to a minimum intake.
Sugar is present in almost all processed foods including yoghurts, canned food, ready made meals, etc.
Prepare your meals from whole, fresh, preferably organic foods, like vegetables, beans, nuts and gluten free grains.