LDL cholesterol, HDL cholesterol, triglycerides…do these terms sound familiar? Have you or your loved ones dreaded looking at these on the blood work report? Well, these scary looking terms are nothing but humble vehicles carrying fat molecules in your bloodstream. They serve a very important function of transporting fats to all the tissues in the body that need them, like brain.
Fats are absorbed from our intestines, once we eat our meals. These fats are then transported in our blood stream in vehicles called lipoproteins (LDL, VLDL, HDL), to all the tissues. These fat laden vehicles deliver the cargo to all the tissues that need them. They also transport to and from liver.
Everything works perfect if you eat natural fats. When you eat food cooked in processed fats/ oils, the tissues cannot recognize these fat molecules. So, when the lipoproteins come to deliver them via blood stream, the tissues don’t take them up. Result…these unnatural fat laden lipoproteins stay in your bloodstream and eventually burst open in the blood vessels forming plaques. If it happens in your heart blood vessels, it can lead to heart attacks.
Solution- Eat good quality fats. Stick to natural fats. Don’t skip fats from your meal.
Stay tuned for our next blog to find out more about food containing good fats …