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There is a pretty clear link between high serum cholesterol and heart disease. When I say "serum" cholesterol I mean the blood test that your doctor performs. It's not just the total cholesterol that we care about but the lipid panel. Lipids are fats and the various types of fats that we measure are the High Density Lipoprotein (HDL), Low Density Lipoprotein (LDL) and triglycerides. The key is there is a difference between these lipids and the cholesterol we consume.
For most of us dietary cholesterol, the cholesterol we eat, has not been clearly linked with any effect on our serum cholesterol. Quite simply, it appears that consuming cholesterol is not really something that we need to focus on. For instance, one food that has never been shown to have an effect on cholesterol is eggs. That's right, eggs. In a recent article in Circulation researchers found no association between the amount of eggs the subjects ate and any change in their total cholesterol, HDL cholesterol, or ratio of total cholesterol to HDL cholesterol. Foods To Help You Lower Cholesterol
This is a super simple recipe, but don't let the ingredients deceive you. All the ingredients keep well. You can keep all the ingredients on hand, thaw the chicken in the fridge during the day, take 15 minutes to assemble and then about an hour to cook it up.
This works with any instant brown rice, but from the testing I've done the Uncle Bens brand is better. It holds up well and doesn't get as sticky or gummy.
I look for salsa with lower sodium. For this recipe I used the Tabasco brand, and it comes in right at 200 mg of sodium for 2 tablespoons. Try to pick one with the same amount of sodium or no more than 250 mg of sodium in 2 tablespoons.
Faith Bontrager, RN, BSN writes articles on Eating for a Healthy Pregnancy on DrGourmet.com.