Our Recipes Support a Low-Fat, Low-Cholesterol Diet
Cholesterol, a waxy, fat-like substance that’s found in all cells of the body, is needed for different reasons, including to properly digest food and produce hormones and vitamin D. While your body has the ability to make all the cholesterol it needs, cholesterol is also found in some of the foods you eat including meat, eggs, cheese, and milk, as well as from high-sugar foods, the over-consumption of which can lead to levels of cholesterol in the blood that are too high.
The amount, quality, and type of fat you eat is linked to your cholesterol levels, and in order to
understand the way in which cholesterol affects your body, it’s important to educate yourself about fatty acids and how they impact your overall health. Based on chemical structure, fats can be categorized as saturated, unsaturated (including monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats), or Trans fat.
Saturated fats are commonly found in animal products and, when consumed in large quantities, can raise the level of Low-Density Lipoproteins (LDL, or “bad cholesterol”) in the blood.
Unsaturated fats, commonly found in foods such as olive oil, fish oil, avocado, and walnuts, increase the level of High-Density Lipoproteins (HDL, or “good cholesterol”) in the blood while decreasing LDL.
Finally, Trans fats are artificial fatty acids created in a manufacturing process by adding hydrogen to liquid vegetable oils to make them more solid. Found in margarine and many processed and fried foods, they act like saturated fats, raising the level of LDL in the blood.
A low fat, low cholesterol diet is believed to be an effective way to limit the consumption of harmful fatty acids, with several benefits ranging from lower obesity risk, increased heart health, and relief of a range of other detrimental symptoms. Making sure that the foods you include in your diet are beneficial to your health rather than detrimental is important to maintaining healthy cholesterol levels and overall health.
The recipes found at LowFatLowCarb.com support a low fat, low cholesterol diet and include fresh, healthier, high-quality ingredients that support your overall well-being. We don’t believe that healthier eating should be difficult or time consuming, which is why our recipes are as fast and easy as possible; not to mention delicious!
Whether you’re following a low fat, low cholesterol diet, or any other meal plan, it is our hope that our recipes, tips, and tricks will help you achieve your goals.