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Do You Know Nutrition: Lower triglycerides, cholesterol naturally

Oct. 26, 2010 at 5:26 a.m.

Phylis Canion

By Phylis Canion

Are there foods that can help lower cholesterol and triglycerides?

If you are concerned about your cholesterol and triglycerides, change your dietary lifestyle to choosing healthier foods and incorporating more exercise. Here are a few suggestions for you to consider with your doctor's permission:

Artichoke extract, barley, psyllium, green tea extract (decaf, of course) and oat bran may be helpful in reducing cholesterol.

Fish oil, ground flaxseed, Salba seed and garlic extract can be beneficial in reducing triglycerides.

One very popular choice for lowering cholesterol and LDL cholesterol, according to the Mayo Clinic website, is red yeast rice. Red yeast rice is the product of yeast grown on rice and is served as a dietary supplements in some Asian countries. Red yeast rice contains several compounds collectively know as monacolins known to inhibit cholesterol synthesis.

For more information regarding red yeast rice, visit mayoclinic.com and webmd.com.

I notice from time to time, that when I break an egg, there is a red bloody looking spot in the egg that I find disgusting. I have learned to crack the egg in a separate bowl to prevent ruining my ingredients that I am preparing. What causes this and is it unsafe to eat?

Occasionally, red spots can be found in eggs. As the yolk membrane travels down the reproductive track, before it is surrounded by the albumen, it is possible for a small drop of blood to attach itself to the yolk. The blood may be the result of a small arterial rupture or from some other source of bleeding. It does not indicate that fertilization has taken place and if the egg is properly cooked it is not harmful.

If you feel uncomfortable with the blood spot, you can easily remove it with a knife tip of a piece of the egg shell.

Egg manufacturing use a process called candling, when the eggs are rolled over high intensity lights, which can detect the red spots, and those eggs are normally removed. Less than one percent of eggs with the blood spot, may slip through the candling process, so called because in the beginning of egg inspections, the egg was simply held up to a candle to detect abnormalities.

Call 361-576-2100 today to sign up for the next nutrition class, Nov. 8, at the Organic Emporium at 7 p.m.

Phylis B. Canion is a doctor of naturopathic medicine and is a certified nutritional consultant, e-mail her at doc.phyl@yahoo.com. This column is for nutritional information only and is not intended to treat, diagnose or cure.

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