I’ve been seeing the new trend on healthy eating with the keto diet, a couple of my family members had great success from it, and I’ve even tried to follow…ok well basically I turned everything into a salad and cut down on carbs. While looking into to new recipes and menu plans, I see people talking about fat bombs, high fat snacks, etc. I began to wonder if someone, like myself, that has high cholesterol, is this diet really safe for them, so I started to search for the answers.
A quick review on cholesterol, High-density lipoproteins (HDL) are referred to as “good” cholesterol, and Low-density lipoproteins (LDL) are sometimes called “bad” cholesterol. High levels of LDL cholesterol can build up in your arteries, which leads up to heart disease. The healthy levels of cholesterol should be the sum of HDL and LDL, should stay below 200 mg/dL. That is levels of LDL 160 mg/dl, 130 mg/dL, or 100 mg/dl, the difference depends on your person risk factors to heart disease. The HDL should be 35mg/dL, preferably higher, higher the HDL, better chance to protect against heart disease. Then there’s Triglycerides, fats carried in the blood from the food we eat. Taking in excess calories, alcohol, or sugar in the body are converted into triglycerides and stored in fat cells throughout the body, those desirable levels should be kept under 150 mg/dL.
Okay, now that the fun breakdown is over, lets get back to the Keto diet.. A low carb diet can change your lipid profile, the belief use to be eating cholesterol will give you high cholesterol, well times have changed!! 75% of your body’s cholesterol is produced in-house by your body, only 25% of the cholesterol in your body comes from your diet. A high cholesterol diet has almost no affect on your cholesterol levels because your body knows how to maintain cholesterol homeostasis. So when your cholesterol levels increase, your body will stop producing it’s own cholesterol.
Now with this said, am I personally going to take advantage of making fat bombs or increase my intake fats and oils. My answer is no, I’m not a fan of oily foods, butter, sweets and I absolutely hate bacon, yes America I said it, I hate bacon lol. Do not let my opinion stop you from eating what you like, there’s many articles that are support the extra fat needed in the Keto diet. Are you interested in trying the Keto diet, I have found many articles and groups that can help you along the way, with menu samples, recipes, and advice. Good luck with your new adventure to a new healthier you.
*I am not a professional, these are opinions and facts I have found on sites listed below*