High cholesterol: Carrots are one of the best vegetables to lower cholesterol – expert die
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Much like visceral fat, the body needs at least some cholesterol in order to maintain positive overall health. Although harmful in high quantities, the body needs visceral fat to protect the vital organs and to act as a reserve source of energy. In a similar way, the body needs some cholesterol to keep the body at optimum cardiovascular operating capacity. Unlike cholesterol though, there aren’t two types of visceral fat.

Cholesterol can be divided into two subtypes, HDL and LDL.

HDL is also known as “good” cholesterol; this keeps the heart healthy.

LDL meanwhile is referred to as “bad” cholesterol; it forms as a plaque in the arteries raising blood pressure.

A balanced diet is one of the most effective ways to keep HDL high and LDL

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According to dietitian Lisa Young, one particular vegetable is more effective than others at keeping cholesterol levels at their optimum.

Young recommends a healthy dosage of carrots.

On the popular orange vegetable, Young said: “Carrots are a good source of soluble fibre, which can help reduce cholesterol levels.

“They are also rich beta carotene, the vitamin A antioxidant that can protect you from chronic disease like heart disease.”

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In a statement, Bupa’s Dr Robin Clark said: “Lockdowns, gym closures, and general uncertainty made it difficult for many to prioritise their health during the pandemic.

“Despite restrictions ending, it looks like, as a nation, we’re still struggling to stay active and eat well with the unfortunate consequence it may take years for our health to return to pre-pandemic levels.”

Bupa’s report comes amid concern from experts the UK is falling behind compared to other nations with regards to overall physical health.

Professor Tracey Devonport said the UK “reported the lowest levels of perceived physical health and greatest weight gain during the pandemic”.



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