How carbohydrates (grains, cereals, sweets) link to high cholesterol

Posted on Nov 30, 2011 | 0 comments

Many people think that a high cholesterol reading must be indicative of a high-fat diet.  It can be, if the consumption of overall fat is high but excess sugars are converted into fat and few people know this, especially in relation to excess alcohol (a sugar) and excess bread/pasta/rice/confectionary.

 Carbohydrates such as grains, breakfast cereals, breads, pasta, rice, sweets, baked goods, soft drinks like coca-cola, alcohol and excess fruit or fruit juice, when eaten over a day can lead to high calories, weight-gain and may contribute to high cholesterol.

The sugars we eat are burnt to supply fuel, so if you move alot, you need alot to provide fuel. The excess sugar is stored as glycogen mainly in the muscles and liver. This storage space is limited (the figure below shows what a human body is made up of and see the left hand arm of the figure marked as glycogen – this is indicative of the space given over to gycogen storage) and if you don’t move much, the excess sugar is converted into fats. 

 Once glycogen  stores are full, any excess sugar is converted by the liver into cholesterol called VLDL’s which is pumped out of the liver into your bloodstream to be stored as FAT. If dietary fat intake is also high, this is added pressure. Your doctor can measure your VLDL, LDL and HDL cholesterol in your blood. High VLDL’s, high LDL’s and low HDL’s are a warning that your fat management system is struggling to cope.   Read my blog for tips in choosing a healthy carb



When the liver is struggling to cope with the workload, (drugs, alcohol, stress, excess kcals, pollution, virus etc) VLDL readings can decline as the liver becomes fatty, like a force-fed goose, and stores the fat.  

Hello, I am Joan Moloney, Nutritional Therapist. When we understand how our body works, I believe that this gives us greater motivation to change our eating habits and exercise regimes. I have researched the published scientitic papers on cholesterol and the foods that help to reduce it. Altering your diet and moving a little more than you usually move and building on new habits over a period of time may help you avoid medicating for life. Contact me for an exploratory discussion



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