Cholesterol and carbohydrates bad

Information noted from http://cholesterol.about.com
carbohydrates and cholesterol are not just trouble individually, but they also work together in harmful ways., researchers have prooved high-carb diet raise levels of cholesterol in the blood.
What Exactly is Cholesterol?
Cholesterol is a waxy fat that is essential to cell membranes and brain function. But if the body has too much “bad cholesterol,” known as LDL, the excess is deposited into the arteries. On the other hand, “good cholesterol”, or HDL, works like a clean-up crew in the bloodstream, ferrying LDL to the liver for safe disposal.

Total cholesterol tests measures blood levels of HDL, LDL, and triglycerides (the main form of fat in food and in the body). High levels of LDL and triglycerides increase the risk for heart disease and stroke, while a high level of HDL cholesterol is considered heart-healthy.

So Where Do Carbohydrates Fit In?

Bad carbs are simple carbohydrates, such as refined sugars, white flour, potatoes, and white rice. Such foods are digested quickly and trigger a burst of insulin, the main hormone responsible for converting food into energy. But the more insulin that is produced, the more likely that excess calories will be stored as fat, resulting in higher triglyceride and LDL levels.

Good carbs are complex carbohydrates, such as whole grains, brown rice, dried beans, fruits, vegetables, and nuts. These foods are digested more slowly, so they do not cause an insulin jolt and are less likely to boost LDL and triglyceride levels.

Unfortunately, bad carbohydrates make up a large part of the typical American diet. These simple carbohydrates are found in white bread, baked and mashed potatoes, french fries, sugar-sweetened beverages, and most cookies, pizzas, and pastas.

diets high in bad carbohydrates increase a woman’s risk for developing heart disease. the impact of bad carbs on cholesterol emphasizes the need to go beyond limiting fat intake as a strategy for heart health.

recommends several steps:

Choose whole grain foods over refined grains.
Avoid sugar-sweetened beverages, which are the source of almost half the added sugar in the diet.
Replace carbohydrates (especially sugars and processed flour) with healthy proteins such as beans, peas and nuts, as well as unsaturated fats, such as olive oil, canola oil and other vegetable oils.

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