Having high levels of triglycerides appears to be one of the leading risk factors for heart disease. An even better indicator is looking at a ratio of triglycerides to HDL cholesterol. A ratio of 3:1 or higher tells us far more about a person’s risk of developing heart disease than any other diagnostic lab value.
The higher the triglycerides, the higher the value, and the higher the statistical chance of getting heart disease.
The causes of high triglycerides is a short list made up mostly of fructose, as well as fructose, and also fructose. Okay, and alcohol too.
No one likes oversimplified theories. They seem suspect. But if you want the truth on how to lower triglycerides, you’re just going to have to accept the simplicity of the correct answer. Eat less refined sugar – particularly those that are highest in isolated fructose such as high-fructose corn syrup and crystalline fructose. I wouldn’t take many chances with white sugar (sucrose) either, which is 50% fructose. A little fruit is fine. Let’s not get too carried away here.
So if you’re looking for a Lower My Triglycerides diet, then look no further. Most triglycerides are simply synthesized in the liver from a particular type of carbohydrate – fructose. Only fructose is metabolized in the liver in this manner, where it gets repackaged into a fat molecule called the Triglyceride.
Opt instead for simple, unrefined carbohydrates where the dose of fructose is kept to reasonable levels. This includes potatoes and other tubers, brown rice, oats, and other grains, real milk, whole fruits, and vegetables.
Watch triglyceride levels fall by the weekend.
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