Nibbling Diet May be Good for Cholesterol
"Splitting food intake so we eat many times a day will have metabolic benefits
over and above the same food consumed in a small number of meals,"
according to Dr Susan Jebb, head of the Medical Research Council's
Human Nutrition Research Unit. Frequent meals prevent
a high influx of fatty acids - compounds that are released from
foods and can lead to a build-up of fats in the arteries, and also
contribute to high cholesterol levels.
The build-up can also lead to high
blood pressure. Eating more frequently during the day means
there are no sudden spikes of fatty acids, enabling the body to deal
with the intake more effectively.
Eating more frequently may boost energy levels, suggests a study from the University Of Montana.
The scientists from Imperial College, London, compared the diets of more than 2,000 people from the UK, Japan, China and the U.S. While they all had the same calorie intake and food, half the participants ate fewer than six times a day, while the remainder ate more than six times. They found that those who ate five times a day were 32.6per cent less likely to have high levels of bad cholesterol than those who ate fewer meals. The cholesterol level dropped by 8.5 % from levels at the end of three meal diet.
It is estimated that the fall in cholesterol level might be due to nibbling diet's effect on insulin secretion, because the hormone stimulates the liver to make cholesterol. When a person eats regular meal, insulin is normally secreted in quantities corresponding to the sudden rise in blood sugar after every meal.
Foods that Help Lower Cholesterol
- Salmon & fatty fish
- Nuts (walnuts & almonds)
- Red Wine
- Olive Oil
- Psyllium Seeds
- Egg white
Eating healthy is about choices. Fortunately, when it comes to low cholesterol food, there are many choices. Understanding where cholesterol comes from and learning to read food labels is an important step in starting to add low cholesterol food choices to your diet.
- "Cholesterol Free" it means less than 2 milligrams (mg) cholesterol and 2 grams or less fat;
- "Low Cholesterol" means 20 mgs or less cholesterol and 2 grams or less saturated fat;
- "Fat Free" means less than 1/2 gram fat;
- "Low Fat" means 3 grams or less fat;
- "Reduced Fat" means at least 25 percent less fat than other brands of same food.
So, "free" does not literally mean free