Timeless Nutrition Tip
Triglycerides are found in the fats we eat. Once consumed, triglycerides are the fat carried into our blood.
When they reach body cells, an enzyme called lipoprotein lipase separates them from the carrier molecules so they can be stored in the body as fat.
A level of 100 or less is considered a healthy triglyceride level.
Research suggests that in order to prevent heart disease, levels must stay below 100. As levels increase up to 700, there is an increased risk for heart disease. In this case, the lipoprotein lipase enzyme usually doesn't work well. The triglycerides become part of the plaque that clogs the artery walls. As levels reach 1000, the risk of developing pancreatitis increases.
A number of factors can increase triglyceride levels, including alcohol consumption, high sugar intake, very high carbohydrate intake, and extra body fat.
Concerned about lowering your triglyceride levels? Try these helpful hints.
- Lose extra body fat.
- Get physically active. Try for at least 30 to 40 minutes of exercise per day.
- Limit alcohol consumption. Alcohol is turned into triglycerides in the liver.
- Cut back on saturated and trans fats. Drink one-percent milk instead of two-percent or whole milk. Limit or avoid butter. Choose lean cuts of meat. Opt for skinless chicken or fish that is low in saturated fat.
- Avoid foods high in carbohydrates.
- Use sugars in moderation and avoid sodas.
- Eat plenty of fresh vegetables.