Whole Grain pasta, Cholesterol and the Heart Health

March 16, 2011

Maintaining a normal blood cholesterol levels is a prerequisite for preventing atherosclerosis. Preventing atherosclerosis may prevent your attack from coronary heart disease responsible for angina, heart attack or myocardial infarction and heart failure.

We should welcome any tool or intake that reduces blood LDL bad cholesterol and increases good cholesterol LDL to achieve and maintain the desired levels.

This tool is nothing else but Mediterranean foods that are part of the great Mediterranean diet.

Lowering blood LDL cholesterol associated with including the effect of phytosterols containing pasta. The pasta is a vegetable product, when consumed without additional additives (creams, sauces, eggs, meat and others) help reduce LDL cholesterol in the blood. Whole grain pasta is part of the Mediterranean food pyramid and should be part of our daily meal plan.

It is important to remember that a careful diet to avoid high cholesterol, which leads to atherosclerosis with the risk for heart and brain not only for adults but for children as well, is a must.  The benefits for the heart, that are offered by different types of food is good and beneficial for everybody to know.

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The pasta will reduce risk for heart disease. Many studies to date have shown the protective effect of cereals on the cardiovascular system. People, who eat at least 2.5 servings of whole grains, are 30% less likely to suffer heart disease than people who eat less than 1 serving a day. A portion, according to the National Cancer Institute, is the amount contained in a small bowl.

The bread and pasta made from whole wheat flour, breakfast cereals with whole grains, rice with its skin, contain substances that are beneficial for the heart. These Mediterranean food are part of the Mediterranean pyramid and are in daily part of the pyramid.

Pasta contains minimal amounts of fat and sodium. Sodium is the point where the salt is concentrated in high quantities in the body, causing high pressure. In about 40 grams of cooked pasta, it is contained only half a gram of fat and 5 milligrams sodium.

These characteristics of pasta have positive effects on heart health.

Andrea Aurelio
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Andrea Aurelio adopted the Mediterranean diet and the Mediterranean way of living after evaluating a series of diets and realizing that the Mediterranean diet is a proven diet and the best way to adopt a healthy lifestyle. You can connect with him on Google+, Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

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