I HAVE HIGH CHOLESTEROL LEVELS
Q My cholesterol levels have soared and I think it’s because I’ve been eating more fat. What can I do? A Your cholesterol levels have very little to do with the fat you are eating, especially if it comes from good sources such as avocados, ghee, butter, coconut oil, nuts and nut butters. High cholesterol levels are strongly linked to eating the wrong carbs, stress levels, smoking, and too much refined sugar – cakes, biscuits and white bread.
Good fats help make your body more sensitive to insulin. They have the power to turn off the addiction centres in your brain, regulate the production of the hormone leptin that controls your appetite, release fat from fat stores and help heal your liver and gut.
Sugar and the wrong carbs do the opposite. If you have added good fats to your diet, make sure to increase the amount of fibre you are consuming through vegetables, and be careful of your sugar intake from hidden sources like fruit, juices, breads and biscuits. Eating fruit after lunch or dinner should be avoided too.
Stop cooking in refined vegetable oils. They have too much omega 6 and their smoke point is very low, making them a leading cause of cholesterol.
Lastly, stop using artificial sweeteners in place of refined sugar. They increase your sugar cravings, eventually leading to higher cholesterol.
RASHI CHOWDHARY is a nutritionist, diabetes educator and creator of The Protein Bake Shop