8 Proven Health Benefits of Pure Chocolate/Cacao

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8 Proven Health Benefits of Pure Chocolate/Cacao

 

Everyone loves chocolate. But everyone also knows that chocolate is not necessarily healthy for you.

In general, chocolate is packed with added sugar. And these added sugars are unhealthy. They cause overweight, type 2 diabetes and increase the risk of cardiovascular disease.

And we should not have that.

But what if there is a variant in which there are few added sugars and which consists mainly of cocoa and healthy substances? That is the case with dark chocolate. This is called black chocolate. This chocolate contains many healthy substances that have a positive effect on your body. You learn what these are in this article.

In addition, you will learn in this article:

  • Which substance in cocoa is so healthy
  • How chocolate can make you feel happier
  • Why chocolate works well against type 2 diabetes
  • How cocoa affects your cholesterol levels
  • How chocolate can lower your blood pressure

Chocolate and the amount of cocoa

Chocolate…

… you give it when it is valentines day.

… you eat it when you are sad.

… it is the favorite candy of almost every person in the world.

And I think I can go on about the positive points of chocolate.

It is indeed very tasty. I also like it very much. But I also know that it is very unhealthy. Especially in the form that is eaten by most people.

Most people prefer to eat milk or white chocolate. And now let these two be the least healthy. Why?


Because these two types of chocolate are packed with added sugars.


Added sugars are not healthy for you at all. Preferably you avoid it at all times.

Then there is still one type of chocolate left, and that is pure chocolate. This form of chocolate is healthier many times. This only has to do with the reduced amount of sugars. But here too you can make a distinction between how healthy dark chocolate is.

Chocolate is already mentioned purely when it consists of 35% cocoa. And believe me when I say that there is still a lot of sugar in these bars. So it is only a marketing trick to make it look healthier.


When I talk about dark chocolate, I mean black chocolate that consists of at least 70% cocoa.


Chocolate comes in the following forms:

  • White chocolate (contains only cocoa butter, but no solid cocoa components)
  • Milk chocolate (minimum 25% cocoa)
  • Pure chocolate (minimum 35% cocoa)
  • Black chocolate (minimum 70% cocoa)

Cocoa contains many healthy substances. Chocolate is, therefore, healthier as the number of cocoa increases. There is chocolate that consists of 99% cocoa. This is the healthiest, but also very bitter. I personally do not like this, but it is the best form of chocolate to get inside.

Even chocolate that consists of 70% cocoa is pretty bitter. But you can get used to this type of chocolate very well.


Officially, the name black chocolate does not exist. When I talk about dark chocolate in this article, I am talking about chocolate that consists of at least 70% cocoa.


Everybody just needs to get that through their head.

How is chocolate made?

We owe the existence of chocolate to the cocoa bean. In the past, a drink was already made from the cocoa bean in Latin America. This drink was then introduced in Spain making it known in Europe.

In 1847, a British company then discovered how to make solid chocolate. Most cocoa beans come from West Africa.

cacaobeanThe beans are first cleaned. Beans are thrown on a sieve after which twigs and other dirty components are filtered out. Then the cocoa beans come in a large drum in which they are heated. This causes the shell to become detached from the bean.

The shell is then separated from the beans. The peels are then sucked up, leaving only the contents of the cocoa bean. This is also called the nip.

The nipples are roasted to bring out the taste. More than 50% of the nip consists of fat or cocoa butter. The nips are ground first, thereby softening the cocoa butter. A liquid mass is created, which is also called cocoa liquor. By means of pressing you can extract the cocoa butter from this. Then only cocoa powder remains.

Finally, they combine the components cocoa powder, sugar and cocoa butter for dark chocolate to make chocolate.

Preferably as much as possible cocoa powder and cocoa butter and as little sugar as possible;)

Now you are of course curious what makes that pure (black) chocolate so healthy? I’ll explain that below.

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50 Fast and Delicious Low Carbs Food Snacks

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50 Fast and Delicious Low Carbs Food Snacks

If you want to eat low on carbohydrates then it is, of course, important that your snacks, of course, are also. By eating proteins and/or fats in between, you avoid getting hungry and looking for a quick and carbohydrate-rich snack.

In this article, you will not only find what fast and tasty low-carbohydrate snacks are, but also:

  • The benefits of low-carbohydrate eating
  • How you can make quick, low-carbohydrate snacks yourself
  • Which low-carbohydrate snacks you can buy (and where)
  • What you can order in a snack bar

Why snack on low carbohydrates?

There are several reasons for eating low carbohydrate. People live low on carbohydrates to lose weight, for their health or for the combination of these two.

To lose weight you can follow a low carbohydrate diet. The beauty of a low-carbohydrate diet is that you lose 2 to 3 times as fast with it than with a low-fat diet.

healthy-fats-low carbohydrateWith a low-carbohydrate diet, you will eat more fats and proteins. This gives much more satiety than carbohydrates. This makes a low-carbohydrate diet easy to maintain without getting hungry.

Because a low-carbohydrate diet is easy to maintain, you will also achieve better results in the longer term. The chance of a relapse is smaller if you have little or no sense of hunger, you simply do not feel the need to eat more.

Depending on how strict the low-carbohydrate diet is, you will be allowed to eat somewhere between 20 and 150 grams of carbohydrates per day. For the strict forms of the low-carbohydrate diet, you really have to pay close attention to everything you eat in order not to get too many carbohydrates.

The tricky thing is that many foods contain carbohydrates and all those little bits add up. When I look at the average assortment of snacks and snacks in a supermarket, I estimate that 98% is rich in carbohydrates. Sugar, wheat flour and/or starch are present in almost all snacks.


It is important that your snacks and snacks are also low in carbohydrates so as not to inhibit your waste targets.


Another reason to eat low carbohydrate is that of the health benefits. For preventing chronic diseases or managing type 2 diabetes, for example.

With our Western diet, more and more people are getting chronic diseases and disorders. These fall under the umbrella of the metabolic syndrome, which is characterized by too much visceral fat (belly fat around the organs).

Metabolic syndrome 4

Precisely low-carbohydrate food appears to be extremely effective in fighting visceral fat.

Too much visceral fat is also a significant risk factor for the development of type 2 diabetes. Less risk of eating carbohydrates reduces this risk.

Also with regard to the risk of cardiovascular disease, low-carb food is beneficial. For example, by low-carbohydrate eating, you can lower cholesterol and blood pressure.

People with type 2 diabetes can eat low carbohydrates to better manage the disease and maintain better blood glucose and insulin levels stable.

To prevent type 2 diabetes and if you have type 2 diabetes, it is important that the insulin levels do not rise too high.

When you eat, the carbohydrates are broken down into glucose and released into the bloodstream. Insulin is a hormone that the body makes to absorb glucose from the blood.

By eating fewer carbohydrates, less glucose comes into the blood and less insulin is needed. It is, of course, important that not only the main meals are low in carbohydrates, but also the snacks and snacks.

The ‘traditional’ snacks such as those in the supermarket can buy are rich in carbohydrates and also in the only conceivable form; in the form of refined carbohydrates and added sugars. These cause the blood sugars to rise quickly and cause a peak in the production of insulin.

The type of carbohydrates

Some low-carbohydrate snacks and snacks that you will read here contain carbohydrates. However, these are of the healthy type: the slow carbohydrates.

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A Piece of Avocado: Avocado with Egg from the Oven

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A Piece of Avocado: Avocado with Egg from the Oven

 

Regularly baking an egg is the ideal breakfast or lunch dish. It is simple and quick to prepare, tasty and very healthy. In spite of all that, every day a bake is boring in the same way. Of course, you can also bake an egg in an original way.

How about a combination with another popular and healthy ingredient: the avocado? With just these two ingredients you can already put a delicious, eye-catching lunch on the table.

Avocado surprise

The avocado is surprisingly multifunctional. People do it in salads, spread it on bread or eat it as a snack. Partly scooping out the flesh creates a handy bowl that lends itself to fun and original recipes. Baking an egg in a pan is also boring; in this recipe, you bake the egg in an avocado!

The avocado and the egg are a strong team. Together they contain a lot of nutrients – including proteins and healthy fats – and they form a good filling lunch. This way you can continue your day in a healthy and responsible way. You only need two ingredients and fifteen minutes of oven time. With this avocado surprise surprise your friend and foe, but especially your stomach.

An avocado contains quite a few calories. Do not overdo it. A half or whole avocado per day can not hurt, however.

What do you need:

  • 1 avocado
  • 2 eggs

Method of preparation:

  1. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees.
  2. Cut the avocado in half through the kernel so that you have two halves left. Take out the pit with a knife tip.
  3. Using a tablespoon, make the hole in which the kernel was slightly larger so that there is more space left for the egg.
  4. Place the avocado halves on a baking tray covered with parchment paper.
  5. Open two eggs and pour into the well of each avocado half.
  6. Then place the baking sheet in the oven for 15 minutes.
  7. The avocados can be served directly from the oven.
  8. Varying is possible: sprinkle some 48+ cheese over the egg, add vegetables or be original with curry powder and garlic powder.

Recap

Recipe name: A piece of avocado: avocado with an egg from the oven

Preparation time: 5 Minutes
Preparation time: 15 Minutes
Total Time: 20 Minutes
Average rating: 5 Stars

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16 Tips for Eating Without (to many) Carbohydrates + 3 Tasty Recipes

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16 Tips for Eating Without (to many) Carbohydrates + 3 Tasty Recipes

 

More and more people want to eat without a lot of carbohydrates. This is because of the health benefits or to achieve or maintain a good weight.

But how do you put that into practice? In this article, I will give you the tips with which you can easily eat without too much carbohydrate.

What you will learn in this article:

  • The reasons to eat without a lot of carbohydrates
  • What the common mistakes are with eating fewer carbohydrates
  • The tips to eat less carbohydrate in practice
  • Recipes to eat without a lot of carbohydrates

Finally, I will give you 3 delicious recipes without lots of carbohydrates. So you will see that eating without a lot of carbohydrates can also be very tasty.

Reasons enough to eat without a lot of carbohydrates

There are roughly two reasons for not eating a lot of carbohydrates.

These are:

  1. The health benefits
  2. Checking the body weight/fat %

Reason # 1: The health benefits

Improving health by eating low on carbohydrates is, of course, a broad concept and it has an effect on health in several areas. Especially for (the occurrence of) the disorders that come under the metabolic syndrome, it has many health benefits.

metabolic syndrome

A characteristic of the metabolic syndrome is too much visceral fat (fat around the organs, the liver in particular).

Not eating a lot of carbohydrates is very effective in getting rid of the organ and belly fat.

For example, low-carbohydrate food is useful for people with type 2 diabetes, but also to prevent type 2 diabetes.

By not eating a lot of carbohydrates you lower the risk of type 2 diabetes.

diabetes-type-2People with diabetes can eat more carbohydrates by keeping their blood glucose under control. This is important because it can prevent the annoying complications of type 2 diabetes.

Other conditions that fall under the metabolic syndrome are high cholesterol, high blood pressure and cardiovascular diseases.

It is often thought that eating fat is the cause of high cholesterol. But this is eating pastaprecisely caused by eating too many carbohydrates/sugars.

Eating fewer carbohydrates will improve cholesterol. The blood pressure will also be lowered. It will not surprise you that the risk of cardiovascular disease will also be reduced by eating fewer carbohydrates.

Another health advantage of eating low carbohydrates is that this will improve the intestinal flora. For this, you have to keep eating enough vegetables so that you keep getting enough fiber.

Reason # 2: Checking body weight

eat-without-many-carbohydratesYou can not eat a lot of carbohydrates until you reach your target weight. After you hit your target weight, you can keep a low carbohydrate lifestyle to stay at your ideal weight.

To get rid of kilos you will have to be more strict with the number of carbohydrates you eat. To stay on your weight you can let the reins celebrate.

The big advantage of eating low-carbohydrate is that it will not cost any effort because you will not have a constant sense of hunger.

'Sugar addiction'

By not eating too many carbohydrates, the ‘sugar addiction’ will disappear. With the disappearance of the constant appetite for sweets, it will naturally become much easier not to eat a lot of carbohydrates.

Compared with other weight-loss methods, eating low on carbohydrates is the winner. For example, low-carbohydrate food is 2 to 3 times more efficient than low-fat food. You can read more about this in my article about the low-carbohydrate diet.

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Common mistakes in eating without too many carbohydrates

Do you want to take advantage of the health benefits of low-carbohydrate food or do you want to lose weight than it is important that you do not commit these common mistakes!

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The Paleo Diet: Explanation, Nutrition List, Experiences + 3 Recipes for the Paleo Diet

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Paleo Diet: Explanation, Nutrition List, Experiences + 3 Recipes

 

Life in prehistoric times was heavy. As a baby, you had a much greater chance of dying during childbirth or of natural enemies (animals or pests).

But whoever walked through his first years, had a reasonable chance of being ‘old’.

The way of life of our prehistoric ancestors consisted of natural food and a lot of movement. There were no problems with prosperity diseases.

With the Paleo diet, you go back to prehistoric times. It throws you back to the foods as they were originally consumed. More natural food and less processed food.

The Paleo diet is not only healthy, but you can also lose weight.

But watch out!

There are a number of major drawbacks.

In this blog you can read:

  • Why the Paleo diet is popular
  • A Paleo diet example weekly menu
  • The biggest benefits of the Paleo diet
  • The most important disadvantages of the Paleo diet
  • What science says about the Paleo diet
  • What you can and can not eat according to the Paleo diet
  • 3 tasty Paleo diet recipes
  • And much, much more ..
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What is the Paleo diet?

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The Paleo diet is based on the idea that the human body functions best when it eats natural, unprocessed food. In the diet, you mainly eat food that was already available at that time. You should think of fruits, carrots and vegetables. For example, salt, dairy and cereals are not in the diet.

So no genetically manipulated food or food products that are full of E numbers and chemical additives.

The term Paleo is derived from the word Paleology, which means the doctrine of antiquity. The Paleolithic diet is also called the hunter-gatherer diet for that reason.

In other words, the diet focuses on the eating pattern of our ancestors in a distant past. The Paleo principle is as follows: if a caveman had not eaten it, you should not eat it either. We are talking here about the time of the primordial man of 10,000 years or even longer ago.

The Paleo diet was best known in the mid-seventies by the popular book ‘The Stone Age Diet’ by gastroenterologist Walter L. Voegtlin.

The book is based on the principles of evolutionary medicine and suggests that we are genetically almost identical to the people who lived before the beginning of agriculture.

The human body would be less suitable for ingesting and digesting processed foods. Farmers produce grains, pulses and dairy products, but our genes crave unprocessed natural food.

The diet is not undisputed, but has also shown that it can be an effective diet for people who want to lose weight. This diet form is particularly popular in the United States.

In recent years, the Paleo diet has developed. Many diets now also allow some foods that science has proven to be healthy.

In this video: The Paleo Diet: Explained

 

What makes the Paleo diet so popular?

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The Paleo diet is incredibly popular these days and you can see that everywhere: restaurants, magazines, Facebook and last but not least an endless list of Paleo-inspired recipe books.


Google revealed that the Paleo diet was the most popular diet in 2013


But where does that constant increase in popularity come from? In the first place, the prehistoric story sounds quite logical. Why not return to nature when processed foods did not exist yet? Many food products today are full of added sugar.


Research shows that sugar is added to more than half (56%) of all food products in Western supermarkets. Food manufacturers put their food products full of sugar that is put on the packaging under shelter names.

Did you know that less than 68 (!) Of sugar aliases exist?


Those are shocking figures. It is therefore not surprising that people go in search of alternative and healthier diet styles. It is our stressful existence combined with an unhealthy Western lifestyle that provides an even stronger need to eat healthy and natural foods.

Since the development of agriculture people have been eating dairy products, beans, grains, alcohol, salt and processed meat.

Paleo users want to eat as nature intended: conscious, unprocessed and varied. That means eating meat, fish, eggs, poultry, fruit, nuts, seeds and vegetables that contain proteins, healthy fats, natural sugars, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals that contribute to good health and disease prevention.

The idea behind the Paleo lifestyle may not sound wrong, but the diet must really suit you. For the thought behind this way of life (because that is the fact) has everything to do with the evolution of man. Mainly food is eaten from before the so-called agrarian revolution.

According to fanatic Paleo followers, affluent diseases are caused by modern food and the products recommended by nutritionists are not as healthy as claimed. We would get sick of modern food because they simply do not go hand in hand with our genes.

But is that really so? Does the Paleo diet contribute to a healthy diet?

Later in the article, you will read what science says about this.

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Protein-rich Nutrition: Foods that contain most protein​​! Top 35​

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Protein-rich Nutrition:  Foods that contain most protein! Top 35

 

No matter what diet you follow, you always need proteins. They are the building blocks of your body. They contain amino acids that your body can not live without.

The immune system needs proteins for the production of antibodies and they are necessary for maintaining and maintaining your muscles. Furthermore, they are involved in your hormone management and important for healthy skin, bones, nails and even your hair.

If you want to lose weight or if you exercise, it is extra important to pay attention to your proteins. Why keep on reading!

What you will read in this article:

  • Why proteins are important during weight loss
  • Why proteins are important as your sport
  • How much protein you need
  • What is the best protein-rich diet

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Why proteins are important during weight loss

There are 3 macronutrients: carbohydrates, fats and proteins.

For a long time, it was thought that you can best lose weight by eating low-fat. The reasoning behind this seemed logical; body fat had to come from fat from the diet, right?

Ironically, obesity and obesity increased enormously when health organizations started giving low-fat guidelines in the 1970s. Manufacturers threw themselves on the production of low-fat and fat-free food.

low-fat vs overweight

With the removal of fat from the food, the taste was also removed. Products were conveniently flavored with cheap sugars. Money in the drawer for the manufacturers and the consumer happy with the tasty and low-fat food.


They did not realize that this was the starting shot for a worldwide pandemic of overweight, obesity and welfare diseases such as type 2 diabetes.


Since the nineties, people are slowly becoming aware that added sugars and refined carbohydrates make us fat and not so much the fats. This was the period in which the first low-carbohydrate diets started to supplant traditional low-fat diets.

Many studies have shown that low-carbohydrate diets work better than low-fat diets.

It is precisely the surplus of carbohydrates that our bodies turn into body fat through which we gain weight.

Carbohydrates can be seen as the preferred fuel of the body. Your body will first address this energy source before it switches to the burning of fats and proteins.

low-carbohydrate mealBy eating fewer carbohydrates, such as with the low-carbohydrate diet, you force the body to burn fat too. This is roughly how the low-carbohydrate diet works. If you want to know more about it, in my article on the low-carbohydrate diet I will go into this in more detail.

Nowadays many diets are based on a limitation of the number of carbohydrates. Examples are the paleo diet, the protein diet, the South Beach diet and the keto diet and there are dozens of them.

What the good diets have in common is that they have included enough protein in the diet. And that is not for nothing.

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7 Tips for Slow Metabolism / Slow Digestion + Schedule

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7 Tips for Slow Metabolism / Slow Digestion + Schedule

 

When you want to lose weight there are several things you need to know about. Of course, healthy nutrition and exercise are important. But when you are the type that can lose weight with tremendous difficulty, there is something else you need to know about: metabolism.

Many people (especially women) have a slow metabolism so they can not lose weight for a meter. Less food does not seem to help, and more sport saves a few grams per month. When you have a slow metabolism, it is very important to solve this problem before you even think about something else to deal with.

It is impossible to lose weight as long as your metabolism is not in order.

That is why I am going to teach you in this article what exactly your metabolism is and how you can increase it in a healthy way so that weight loss becomes a lot easier. If you are someone who does not or hardly loses weight while you are already eating a little, this article is for you.

In addition, you will learn in this blog:

  • When you exactly get a slow metabolism
  • What the 7 signs of a slow metabolism are
  • Healthy tips with which you can quickly and easily increase your metabolism
  • A simple scheme to slowly and responsibly accelerate your metabolism WITHOUT gaining weight

What is your metabolism?

When I ask what your definition of ‘metabolism’ is exactly, I bet that you can come up with something. Probably nothing beats the biological substantiation of your definition. But you can feel something inventive about the word ‘metabolism’.

If someone talks about metabolism, you also know exactly what he/she is referring to. So you also know emotionally what a slow metabolism is.

But how it works organically is a complicated story. Let alone that different words are used for the same phenomenon. For example, the words metabolism, metabolism and digestion are often used as synonyms.

On one blog you can read how you can increase your metabolism while they talk about metabolism on the other. Not quite the same.

I will give you a brief summary of what each word means about:

  • Metabolism: this often indicates how many calories your body needs to function normally. When someone wants to increase their metabolism rate, he wants to burn more calories to lose more weight.
  • Body Chemistry.: body chemistry is often used when hormones are involved in an explanation. Often it is used as a synonym for metabolism. Although hormones are certainly involved in lowering or increasing your metabolism, an increase in hormones is often the result of increasing your metabolism. You can swallow/spray hormones to increase your metabolism, but that is not what an average person does. So see this word as something that is used when you talk about a scientific explanation of metabolism.
  • Digestion: this is also used as a synonym for metabolism. But digestion in science means more on your gastrointestinal tract than the caloric consumption of your body’s cells. A slow digestion has nothing to do with your caloric intake. You may have gastric or intestinal abnormalities resulting in something wrong with your digestive system. Although this can cause your weight to increase (or become extremely thin), it is again not the right word to explain the inability to lose weight for 99% of people.

I will, therefore, in this article, mainly talk about the first one to have: a slow metabolic rate


Explaining the exact effect of your metabolism is very complicated and many words are needed. But I will give you the simplified and simplified version here since you want to know how to increase a slow metabolism rather than just what the metabolism entails.

Your metabolism is determined by the amount of energy that all your body cells need together. This is called your basal metabolism. This is the amount of energy you need to function ‘normally’.

However, this need is variable.

  • Do you make more effort? Then your metabolism rises. (source)
  • Do you make less effort? Then your metabolism decreases.

Not only is the amount of effort you made determines the number of calories you consume daily. Also, the amount you eat is extremely decisive for your metabolism. It is the main reason why people get a slow metabolism.

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17 Tips to Quickly Reduce Your High Cholesterol without Medication

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17 Tips to Quickly Reduce Your High Cholesterol without Medication

Do you have too high cholesterol? And do you want to lower your cholesterol in a natural way without cholesterol-inhibiting medicines, such as statins? Then this article is written for you!

There is not as much controversy about nutrition and healthcare as about cholesterol and heart disease and how the risks are related to the diet.

For example, some doctors are convinced that the lowering of cholesterol should be done through medication, while other doctors do not agree with this.

There has been a huge amount of research into cholesterol and the relationship with cardiovascular disease in recent decades.

The most important studies will be discussed in this article and you will also gain more insight into lowering high cholesterol.

This is what you will discover:

  • What doctors say about cholesterol-inhibiting drugs
  • What doctors say about cholesterol-inhibiting drugs
  • How often too high cholesterol occurs in most western countries
  • How often cardiovascular diseases occur in most western countries
  • 12 scientifically proven dietary advice which is good for your cholesterol
  • And much, much more …

What is cholesterol?

Cholesterol is an essential building material of the body. We could not live without cholesterol.

cholesterol molecule-extendedIt is the building block of steroid hormones, bile and vitamin D. Cholesterol is a fatty substance.

On the image opposite, you can see how a cholesterol molecule is built up.

Steroid hormones are caused by changes in the cholesterol molecule. Testosterone, estrogen, cortisol and aldosterone are examples of steroid hormones.

Cholesterol we get for a small part through the food inside. Most of our cholesterol is produced in the body, especially in the liver, after which it is released into the blood.


The liver is able to regulate cholesterol levels, but to a certain extent.


Lipoproteins

Before the cholesterol is delivered to the blood it is packaged in lipoproteins (VLDL). This is necessary to transport it through lipoproteinthe blood to the places in the body where cholesterol is needed. This is because cholesterol is a fat and therefore not soluble in water.

For transport, cholesterol is packaged in small globules of lipoproteins which consist of triglycerides and cholesterol esters.

When we talk about cholesterol in relation to cardiovascular disease, we actually refer to these lipoproteins in which cholesterol is transported through the blood.

For example, the body also uses lipoproteins to transport fat-soluble vitamins through the blood.


We distinguish 3 types of lipoproteins. These are: LDL, HDL, and VLDL


LDL

LDL stands for Low-Density Lipoprotein. LDL is known as the “bad” cholesterol.

arteriosclerosisThe terms bad and good cholesterol are not entirely correct. All cholesterol is the same, the difference is in the lipoprotein in which the cholesterol is packed. You could therefore also speak of ‘bad’ and ‘good’ lipoproteins.

arteriosclerosis. When transporting LDL to the blood vessels it could cause plaque, it easily settles in the walls of arteries.

LDL arises from VLDL due to the shrinkage of the VLDL due to the activity of the lipoprotein lipase.

LDL can be divided into two categories. In small dense LDL (sdLDL or pattern B) and large buoyant LDL (pattern A).


It is sdLDL which (under certain conditions) is associated with an increased risk of atherosclerosis.


HDL

hdl-cholesterolHDL stands for High-Density Lipoprotein and is mainly formed in the liver.

HDL ensures that excess LDL cholesterol can be transported to the liver. It removes excess cholesterol from the vessel walls. After which the HDL can be reused or can be discharged via the stool.

The LDL cholesterol comes through the liver in the intestines after which it can leave the body through the feces.

HDL is also known as the “good” cholesterol.

VLDL

VLDL stands for Very Low-Density Lipoprotein. It consists of cholesterol and triglycerides and serves to transport cholesterol through the blood.

What is high cholesterol?

Cholesterol is said to be too high if the cholesterol values mark an increased risk of arterial calcification (atherosclerosis). If the cholesterol levels are too high, you usually do not notice physical or mental symptoms.

17.9 million people die each year from CVD’s, an estimated 31% of all deaths worldwide. >75% of CVD deaths occur in low-income and middle-income countries. 85% of all CVD deaths are due to heart attacks and strokes.

Cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) are disorders of the heart and blood vessels and include coronary heart disease, cerebrovascular disease, rheumatic heart disease and other conditions. Four out of five CVD deaths are due to heart attacks and strokes. More info you can find on the website of the World Health Organization.

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