Healthy Living

Cholesterol

Oat porridge contains fibre that may help lower cholesterol re absorption.

Fibre originates from plant-based foods and helps;

  • your digestive system to process food.
  • to control the release of sugar into the bloodstream, which in turn may help control appetite.

There are two types of fibre;

  • insoluble fibre helps move food through the digestive system.
  • soluble fibre may help lower cholesterol re-absorption and tends to help control the release of sugar into the bloodstream.

Oats are a good source of both soluble and insoluble fibre. Oats are economical, easy to prepare and delicious.

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What is cholesterol?

Cholesterol is a lipid (fat) produced in the liver and is also found in various foods that we eat such as butter. Our body needs cholesterol to be able to function properly and to break down and digest fat.  Cholesterol is carried around the body in the bloodstream. The body makes about 80% of the cholesterol that it needs, so we do not actually need much cholesterol from our diets.

High cholesterol levels and heart disease

High levels of cholesterol may put us at risk of heart disease. Excess cholesterol may be deposited on the walls of the arteries. Over time, these deposits narrow the arteries and reduce blood flow to vital organs such as the heart. This narrowing of the arteries is called atherosclerosis.

To find our more about cholesterol talk to your GP.

Get your cholesterol checked.

Further reading

www.pickthetick.org.nz
www.pacificheart.org.nz