Oxycholesterol and Atherosclerosis Linked

Chinese researchers have discovered a link between oxycholesterol and atherosclerosis. Oxycholesterol is produced by the body during a process called oxidation, when fats contained in foods and oxygen meet. When meat or chicken is grilled or fried, oxidation occurs.

Eating a lot of fried foods or processed foods containing trans fats leads to higher levels of oxycholesterol in the body. The good news is that if you choose to eat a diet that is rich in antioxidants, you can help to avoid high levels of oxycholesterol in your system. Choose fresh fruits and vegetables, nuts, seeds, legumes, and whole grains more often to get and stay healthy.

We may not be able to choose our family history when it comes to risk of developing heart disease, but we do have a say over what we decide to eat. Making healthy choices more often means a lower risk of heart disease.

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