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High cholesterol levels can increase your risk of heart disease. Although several factors influence your cholesterol level, adopting healthy eating habits can help you keep it under control. Dietician Catherine Lefebvre suggests to: Limit your intake of foods rich in...
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The term “phytosterol” was first used in 1897 to designate sterols of plant origin. Phytosterols resemble cholesterol, which, conversely, is of animal origin. One of the interesting things about phytosterols is that they go head to head with cholesterol and in turn reduce the amount of it in the blood. It started in the 1920’s Although we first started hearing about this special trait in the 1920s, it wasn’t until the 1950s that we really started to see the potential of sterols for lowering blood cholesterol. In 2000, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the organization that regulates food products (among others) in the United States, gave food manufacturers the...
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Cholesterol is a waxy steroid metabolite found in the cell membranes and transported in the blood plasma of all animals. Although essential to life, it often gets bad press—when there’s an excess of the “bad” variety in the blood, it clogs up the arteries and can lead to heart disease. Eighty percent of the cholesterol in our body is produced naturally by the liver, with the remaining 20% coming from the foods we eat, like certain meats. Since cholesterol doesn’t dissolve in the blood, it has to be carried to the cells by transport molecules called “lipoproteins.” There are two main types of cholesterol in the blood, which are often...
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February is Heart Month in Canada, an initiative inspired by a fundraising event, “Heart Sunday”, in the 1950s and has since spread across the country. Heart Month aims to make us aware of the fact that heart disease and stroke cause 1 in 3 deaths every year, and that there are lifestyle strategies we can all adapt into our lives to avoid being vulnerable to these deadly diseases before our time. Heart Month also features a fundraising drive with donations supporting the acceleration of research into the causes and prevention of these illnesses. More individuals with risk factors for heart disease and stroke are identified in Canada each year. Higher...