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5/14/13 10:39 A

thanks GRAMCRACKER - unfortunately many people, including health professionals, are woefully misinformed regarding the role and effects of high cholesterol. Even to the point of misrepresenting it as HDL (cholesterol) and LDL (cholesterol) when in fact there is only 1 type of cholesterol molecule. HDL and LDL are merely the transport medium of cholesterol as it is not water-soluble and therefore requires a carrier to circulate it through the bloodstream to and from the liver. Cholesterol in the bloodstream is regulated by the liver. LDL delivers cholesterol through the bloodstream and HDL "mops up" any excess and returns it to the liver, where it is excreted via bile salts.

In the Framingham Heart Study, which is the longest-running and perhaps most significant study on heart disease done to date, it was demonstrated that intake of cholesterol in the diet had absolutely no correlation with heart disease.

Furthermore a recent study in the Journal of American Medical Association indicated that high LDL cholesterol is not a risk factor for coronary heart disease (CHD) mortality or total mortality. In fact low cholesterol has been associated with an increase in total mortality, whereas high cholesterol has also been associated with a lower incidence of disease and lower mortality!

Edited by: GDBEAR65 at: 5/14/2013 (11:21)

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5/14/13 9:34 A

Soluble fiber binds with cholesterol and it is therefore secreted from the body by the gut. This isn't advertised--only in a backhanded kind of way. The grain industry says that " increasing whole grains may help lower cholesterol." This is why--they help get rid of some cholesterol by binding with it. fats and pork products are high in cholesterol, so you may want to limit them, but fish is good for you in so many ways, so don't eliminate it from your diet. brushing olive oil on food with a pastry brush applies minimal oil and gets the job done.

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5/14/13 6:27 A

GDBEAR65 excellent statements.

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5/13/13 2:26 P

Cholesterol is not the enemy - your body needs and utilizes it for cellular function and to create hormones such as testosterone, estrogen and progesterone. Much of what is publicized is incorrect. Elderly people who have high cholesterol have the lowest mortality from heart disease, whereas elderly people with low cholesterol have a high mortality from heart disease - look it up. A better indicator of being at risk of heart disease is blood triglycerides versus HDL. A ratio higher than 2:1 indicates you could be at risk. Another test indicative of risk is C-reative protein which is a measure of inflammation - chronic inflammation can damage arteries which leads to plaque formation, hardening and narrowing of arteries as the body attempts to repair itself.

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5/13/13 10:56 A

Cutting cholesterol isn't necessarily the way to lower cholesterol. Most is genetics. I eat eggs daily, and have a 104 cholesterol. There are other factors.

If your doctor told you to cut out fish, then do so, but otherwise I would eat the fish, and clean up the diet elsewhere.

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5/13/13 8:15 A

Yes, cholesterol can be inherited, however in the last 6 months I reduced my cholesterol 51 points by eating a handful of pistachios daily, pinenuts, flaxseeds and seasame seeds., I also ate cannellini beans, asparagus and acorn squash, onions, mushrooms, green beans and brocolli, spinach and romaine, sardines 2X per week, oatmeal, beans, lentils and oranges, peaches, pears, and apples. All supposed to reduce cholesterol and I avoided going on Cholesterol meds and my doctor was amazed I accomplished that.

Fiber helps keep cholesterol down...and the Pistachio Nuts have a compound in them that help block the cholesterol absorption.

I also use Benocal as it has plant strerols that aid in reducing cholesterol, and olive and canola are good and you can use an oil spray mister in place of butter.

Yes the fish is good and something you may not know is that more cholesterol is produced from eating sugar than from eating fat. Eating Omega 3's should bring down your triglycerides as well as bring down the LDL cholesterol .

Oregano, Parsley Flakes, Garlic , Rosemary and Cayenne Pepper are all good spices to help lower cholesterol.

This is not intended as medical advice, this is what worked for me, but since you said you are watching your cholesterol your doctor can give you individual advice

Try making your fish by coating with olive oil, some minced garlic, a sprinkle of rosemary or oregano and wrap in tin foil. Bake in the over for 30 minutes at 350 or until the fish flakes, unwrap and serve...

Easy, and no cleanup.

Edited by: SUNSHINE6442 at: 5/13/2013 (08:18)

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5/12/13 7:37 P

I like to sprinkle my fish with a bit of thyme, black pepper, and then drizzle with lemon juice. A touch of olive oil can be nice, but fish has natural oils in it as well, which is also good.

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5/12/13 4:59 P

Fish has a very heart-friendly fat content and it is advised to eat it regularly to help keep our heart healthy. It is wonderful protein, too.

I lightly coat mine with whole-grain breadcrumbs and lemon pepper, then spray a little Rice Bran Oil or Olive oil onto baking paper in the pan and a light spray on top of the fish. It cooks beautifully and is very low fat. coating in breadcrumbs and finely chopped parsley is also really nice. If you like curry, try a very light dusting of curry powder in the breadcrumbs, being careful that you don't over-rule the flavour of the fish.

You can poach it in a little chicken stock with a bay leaf - that is nice, too.


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5/12/13 3:12 P

There is cholesterol in nearly everything we eat, including fish. But it is very low in fish. You can avoid added cholesterol by eliminating the butter and oil and using various spices instead.

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5/12/13 12:59 P

I don't know where to begin. Blood cholesterol only partly comes from foods we eat; our bodies produce it also. Healthy fats such as olive oil are important in a balanced diet. I aim for 30% of my calories from those healthy fats each day.

A bit of oil would be OK IMHO. Use herbs and seasonings that are low in sodium and enjoy your dinner.

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5/12/13 11:37 A

I want to broil cod fish for dinner.
I am watching cholesterol.
In the fish is there any cholesterol?
How to give flavor without using butter fats and oils?

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