What is cholesterol?
Cholesterol belongs to the group of lipids. Lipids is the collective name for all fats and fat-similar substances. All animal and human cells contain cholesterol. The human body can produce cholesterol itself, and is therefore not dependent on intake. We ingest however, an average of 400 – 500 mg cholesterol additionally through our food.
If high cholesterol values are ascertained, some simple rules should be followed:
- avoid foods that are high in cholesterol, such as eggs, offal and animal fats
- limit your fat intake to a maximum of 30% of your total calorie intake
- reduce the amount of saturated fatty acids
- eat fibre-rich carbohydrates daily, such as wholegrain bread, oat flakes, raw salads, vegetables, fruits and pulses
Changes to your diet should be made step by step:
start by eating more vegetable foods and reduce your intake of animal foods. Chose low fat cooking methods and try new recipes and new foods. A cholesterol-conscious diet is by no means dull and monotone, it is diverse while also being very tasty! Another supporting measure is movement. Regular sport activities not only improves the metabolism of fat and is good for the figure, it also improves well-being.