Frequently Asked Questions - Fat & Cholesterol

Adults should have their cholesterol levels tested at least once every five years.  Be aware that, even if your cholesterol levels are unhealthy, you may not feel sick.  That’s why it’s important to have your levels checked regularly.

Not usually.  Quick cholesterol tests are becoming commonplace at health fairs and shopping malls.  These quick tests may not always be comprehensive, however.  It’s usually best to view these quick tests as screenings.  That means you should follow them up with a complete blood test if the results indicate unhealthy levels of cholesterol.

Yes.  Polyunsaturated fats and monounsaturated fats can benefit your health, when eaten in moderation.  The bad fats – saturated fats and trans fats – can negatively affect your health.

Polyunsaturated fats can have a beneficial effect on your health when consumed in moderation and when used to replace saturated fats or trans fats.  Polyunsaturated fats can help reduce the cholesterol levels in your blood and lower your risk of heart disease.

They also include essential fats that your body needs but can’t produce itself – such as omega-6 and omega-3.  You must get essential fats through food.

Omega-6 and omega-3 play a crucial role in brain function and in the normal growth and development of your body.

Monounsaturated fats – like all fats – contain nine calories per gram.

Yes.  Monounsaturated fats and polyunsaturated fats can have a positive effect on your health, when eaten in moderation.  The bad fats – saturated fats and trans fats – can negatively affect your health.

Saturated fats have a chemical makeup in which the carbon atoms are saturated with hydrogen atoms.  Saturated fats are typically solid at room temperature.

Skipping meals usually doesn't help you eat fewer calories. When you skip a meal, you’re more likely to get hungry and overeat. It's better to spread your eating evenly through the day and eat smaller meals. In the long run, you’ll probably eat fewer calories with three small meals per day than with one or two large ones.

If you have diabetes, it’s especially important to eat regular meals and snacks. Skipping meals and then overeating will make your blood sugar problems worse.



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