What is cholesterol?
Cholesterol is a type of fat that is synthesised naturally by the body in the liver and is also found in some foods. Although vital for healthy functioning of the body, if too much cholesterol is eaten it can lead to health complications, such as heart attacks and strokes. The good thing is, cholesterol can be managed and maintained if you know how.
What causes high cholesterol?
Cholesterol levels can be affected by a number of things including fixed factors such as age, sex, ethnicity, and family history and lifestyle factors, including diet, exercise, weight, smoking and alcohol consumption.
The NHS recommends eating a diet low in saturated fat, getting regular exercise, quitting smoking (if you smoke), and lowering your alcohol intake (if you drink) to help reduce the likelihood of your cholesterol levels becoming too high.
What are healthy cholesterol levels?
There are two types of cholesterol – HDL (High Density Lipoprotein) and LDL (Low Density Lipoprotein). In a healthy person, HDL levels are high and LDL levels are low. Your doctor can check your cholesterol levels by taking a blood sample.
How can Ryvita help maintain healthy cholesterol and why is it important?
Because all of our Ryvita crispbreads are low in saturated fat, they can help to keep your cholesterol levels healthy*. However it is vital to manage all areas of the diet in order to keep levels in check, so Ryvita should be consumed as part of a healthy, balanced diet. Check out our top tips for a healthy diet.
*Ryvita crispbread is low in saturated fat (<5g/100g) – a diet low in saturated fat contributes to the maintenance of normal blood cholesterol levels when consumed as part of a balanced diet and healthy lifestyle.
What are the symptoms of HIGH CHOLESTEROL?
Having high cholesterol doesn’t necessarily always cause symptoms. If you are unsure about your blood cholesterol levels, you can always go and get checked out by your GP and it is recommended to do so regularly if you are over the age of 40.
For more information on cholesterol visit the NHS website or speak to your doctor.