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Re: Cholesterol
Apr 27, 2006
Cholesterol is monitored by blood tests. You go to your family doctor and get a blooc test each year depending on your age and how high your cholesterol is. HDL is the good cholesterol and LDL is the bad cholesterol. You want the LDL to be below 130. You also want the total cholesterol to be below 200. (You won't know these numbers until you have your blood work done.)

High cholesterol is not caused by the cholesterol in your food. It is can be caused by genetics or being overweight. Eating foods high in saturated fat and/or trans fats will also raise your LDL cholesterol, which is not what you want. In order to figure out how much fats you need in your diet, you need to know how many calories you need. The amount of total fat and saturated fat is based on a percentage of your caloric intake. Total fat should be kept below 30%, but not less than 10%. (Your body needs some fat for certain bodily functions.) The saturated fat should be 10% or less. The math to figure it out is not straight math, because 1 gram fat = 9 calories. This means that it takes more exercise to burn off 1 gram fat than it does to burn off 1 carb or 1 gram protein. If you eat 1400 calories, then you can have 16-39 grams of total fat per day.

So how much fat is in certain foods you eat? If it didn't come with a package, then you can look it up on a nutritional value chart. You can get these nutritional value books at a library or book store. You can also look the info. up for free online just by typing "food values" or "food nutritional values" or "food nutritional content" into a search engine.

By the way.....1 egg has less fat than a serving of steak, so enjoy the egg.

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