03 Oct 2019

Good cholesterol vs. bad cholesterol. Know their differences.

Do you know which cholesterol is good and which is bad? The word ‘cholesterol’ normally conjures up an association with something negative, since when we talk about ‘high cholesterol’ it is inferred that there are health risks. However, there are two types of cholesterol: one which is harmful (LDL), and another which is less known but good for health (HDL).

The good cholesterol helps to reduce the levels of LDL, counteracting its effects. It is important that this happens because if the level of bad cholesterol is high it can accumulate in the arteries, hampering natural blood flow and generating clots that can be seriously harmful to cardiovascular health.

In order to prevent this from happening, you should consume less food that increases the level of bad cholesterol, such as red meat, sausages, cheeses and sugars. As you might imagine, you should also add good cholesterol foods to your diet. Among these are Olive Oil – the vegetable oil with the highest amount of monounsaturated fatty acids and responsible for increasing HDL – as well as oats, nuts, and fish that are rich in Omega 3.

Consuming two tablespoons of Carbonell Extra Virgin Olive Oil per day is the ideal amount for helping you to maintain good health. As you well know, a balanced diet combined with a little exercise are key to maintaining a healthy life. And it’s not necessary for you to make any sacrifices: the flavor of products that are high in good cholesterol is superb!

Source: NCBI