If you think that eating fat is the only dietary way to raise your cholesterol levels, think again. While eating large amounts of certain types of fat – such as trans-fat and saturated fat – can raise cholesterol levels and increase your risk of developing heart disease, eating refined sugar can also raise your cholesterol levels.
Most of the 1,000 milligrams of cholesterol that your body needs to function each day – around 75 percent, according to the American Heart Association – is manufactured in your liver. Only around 25 percent comes from the cholesterol you eat. If you eat a healthy diet, your liver manufactures just as much cholesterol as you need to supply your cells.
But if your liver produces too much cholesterol, which is often an inherited problem, or if you take in too many calories, especially in the form of certain fats and refined sugar, your cholesterol levels rise as your liver converts extra sugar to fat.
Refined Sugar and Atherosclerosis
Refined sugar serves as a quick source of energy; your body burns glucose before other fuel sources. Most carbohydrates must break down into glucose before it can be absorb. When you take in too much sugar, you store the excess amount in your liver in the form of triglycerides, a type of fat that can cling to artery walls as it travels through the bloodstream.
High triglyceride levels contribute to atherosclerosis, the formation of plaque in blood vessels. Refined sugar also appears to lower high-density lipoprotein, the so-called “good” cholesterol, according to an Emory University study published in the April 2010 issue of “JAMA: The Journal of the American Medical Association.”
High cholesterol levels and atherosclerosis increases your risk of developing a heart disease. Atherosclerosis, a mixture of cholesterol, calcium and fat that builds up inside artery walls, gradually hardens and narrows the lumen of the artery. Blood flow through the artery to major organs is impeded over time, sometimes causing transient heart pain called angina. Pieces of plaque can break off from the artery wall and block blood flow to the heart or brain, causing a heart attack or a stroke.
It’s possible to reduce your intake of sugar and thereby reduce your cholesterol levels. In the process, you might also lose weight, which helps lower cholesterol levels as well. Exercise can also help reduce weight and cholesterol levels.
We strongly recommend eliminating sugar from your diet, which means eliminating all sugar, sugary drinks, fruit juices, alcohol. Also try to go without bread, pasta, rice and potato, which converts to glucose in the body and does the same damage as normal sugar. Follow the Manna Diet in the free e-book for a healthy lifestyle which can also help to lower cholesterol levels.
Take a product like the Manna Cholesterol Support tablets to increase the good cholesterol (HDL) and reduce the bad cholesterol (LDL).