4. Desserts and sweets
Sweets, such as pastries, cakes, cookies, ice cream, aren’t only high in cholesterol but also calories, trans fats, and added sugars. Also, these foods don’t contain the essential nutrients that the body needs to thrive, grow, and maintain good health. These foods – mainly due to the added sugars- raises the risk of obesity, diabetes, hypertension, and heart diseases. Children are at a high risk of decline in cognitive functions because they usually love these foods that don’t provide them with the nutrients that they need to develop in the best way, such as vitamins, minerals, healthy fats, and proteins. Thus, parents and teachers should encourage children to limit these foods consumption.
Finally, we need cholesterol, but we should pay attention to how much and from where we get it. Total cholesterol should be less than 200mg/dl in adults, LDL should be less than 100mg/dl, and HDL should be 60mg/dl or higher. We should modify our lifestyle to reduce the risk of high cholesterol and its sequences. A healthy diet, regular exercise, healthy weight, and avoidance of smoking are efficient measures to keep your cholesterol in the healthy range and reduces the risk of chronic diseases.