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What to eat to lower high cholesterol – Italian Cuisine

What to eat to lower high cholesterol


The bad one, LDL, is the enemy of heart health and arteries. Here's what foods to choose at the table to fight it

Cardiovascular diseases, such as stroke and heart attack, are the leading cause of death in the world. Among the main risk factors that favor the onset there is the cholesterol high. High levels of the bad one, also called LDL, promote the formation of plaques on the walls of blood vessels that make the flow of blood to the heart more difficult over time. This is a widespread problem that can be controlled and prevented by a healthy diet. Let's see with the help of the Nutritionist Nicoletta Bocchino, what to eat to lower dangerous cholesterol and favor the good one.

The foods yes

"To keep bad cholesterol (LDL) low and increase" good "cholesterol (HDL) it is important to consume more fiber, eating lots of vegetables, whole grains, especially those rich in beta-glucans such as oats and legumes. At the table you should not miss the "good" fats of which are excellent sources for example bluefish (herring, mackerel, sardines and anchovies), nuts (nuts, hazelnuts, almonds) and oil seeds: they promote health of vessels and arteries, making the blood more fluid . As the nutritionist Nicoletta Bocchino suggests, they help to fight excess dangerous cholesterol even foods rich in antioxidants. "Vitamin E, for example, rich in olive oil, whole grains, sunflower seeds, according to some studies would inhibit the synthesis of harmful cholesterol".

The foods no

"To keep cholesterol under control it is necessary to limit the consumption of foods containing trans fats to the table, of which margarine and saturated foods such as cheese, red meat, cured meats and butter are particularly rich: all foods that, if consumed in excess, can cause the increase of bad LDL cholesterol and decrease of that good HDL .

Would you like to know more? Here are the foods that help lower high cholesterol

Avocado
It is an excellent source of good fats including Omega 3, Omega 6 and Omega 9, which promote the production of good HDL cholesterol and keep the levels of the bad LDL under control. In addition, it provides many fibers, minerals such as potassium and magnesium and antioxidants such as vitamin E, allies of proper blood circulation.

walnuts
They are excellent sources of polyunsaturated fatty acids that lower cholesterol and other antioxidants, including vitamin E that protect the health of blood vessels.

Raspberry
It has a good content of flavonoids, antioxidant substances that protect blood vessels from excess cholesterol.

Oats
Oats contain beta-glucan, a particular fiber that helps defend against bad cholesterol.

Flax seed
They are a mine of phytosterols, precious for fighting hypercholesterolemia.

Kiwi
Provides vitamin C and minerals like potassium and magnesium that fight fat storage in the blood.

Apple
Provides soluble fiber, which helps keep high cholesterol and triglycerides away.

Beet
The pulp contains high amounts of carotenoids, which promote good HDL cholesterol, counteracting high blood pressure and triglycerides.

Wild salmon
Contains many good fats that protect the health of the cardiovascular system.

Garlic
Garlic is rich in sulfur compounds which fluidize the blood and help counteract the accumulation of fat in the arteries.

High quality oil: Laudemio Frescobaldi & EVOlution – Italian Cuisine

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Last May the hills of Florence saw a beautiful "mignola", the spring "bocciolaatura" of the olive trees, whose fruits have matured then in a warm and sunny September. A real birthday present for the Laudemio Frescobaldi oil, Tuscan wine of great quality that in this excellent vintage is three decades old. And he dresses in gold to celebrate.

168660Evolution, how Italian oil consumption changes

Not only that: for the occasion the brand has commissioned one research at Nomisma for investigate the placement of the oil between products luxury in consumer perception and consumption habits in the tables of restaurants and Italian diets. Sample: 1,000 Italians between 18 and 65 years.

Well, here are the 4 consumer profiles emerged from this research.

The "essential": cautious and traditionalists, they aim at saving and are not interested in luxury products. They are 46% of consumers and they are mainly men.

The "aware": they are lovers of cooking, health conscious and responsible :. They are 20% of consumers; mainly women.

The "stars": they are experimenters and trendy, interested in luxury food and gourmet cuisine. I'm men and represent 19% of consumers.

THE "luxury ": they lead a wealthy and mundane lifestyle by surrounding themselves with luxury goods (15%).

168663"The research shows how EVO oil takes on a central role, passing from commodity to value good – says Denis Pantini, Nomisma manager – In the ranking of food products perceived as sought after goods we find the truffle first (28% of consumers), followed by caviar (23%), champagne (20%) and oysters (13%). In fifth place with 7% there is extra virgin olive oil of fine olive ".

Furthermore: 34% of consumers often prefer those with brand names of producers known / famous but as many as 67% look specifically for producers' EVO oils locals. 47% always pay attention to the quality of the oil proposed when eating out and rate the level of a restaurant also by the quality of the proposed oil. How do you get to know the new EVO quality features? Word of mouth, mainly.

Cultivating the diversity and the Tuscan variety

168666Laudemio Frescobaldi, whose history is a story of agricultural vocation, learns about precious oils: the Frescobaldi family for seven hundred years, precisely from the early fourteenth century, produces wine in Tuscany, but also extra virgin olive oil. Winner, over the years, of many national and international awards (including the four assigned by Slow Food). The company philosophy is summarized in the sentence: "Cultivating Toscana Diversity". An English motto for a company that at the moment exports 80% of its oil product (in particular, USA and Japan) but with the aim of doubling the sale in Italy in the next two years. A motto which ratifies the family bond with the variety of the Tuscan territory, represented by its seven estates, by the wines and oils of the characteristics of each individual terroir.

168669The Laudemio Frescobaldi is a Tuscan oil from the intense and spicy flavor, characterized by a emerald green color bright and a scent of mown grass and artichoke. Her bottle with octagonal section, with a retro design, is recognizable at first sight. That of the 2018 collection, collection of the thirtieth anniversary, is gold with a special label and contains the fruit of one very pure cold pressing. But where does the high quality of this oil come from?

The specification

168672We now demand it as consumers, an affirmation. We believe that producers – above all those who bring primary goods such as olive oil on our tables – guarantee us origin, production methods and organoleptic characteristics. We claim, in short, a disciplinary. Laudemio Frescobaldi was precursor of the times: it was 1989 when the company developed it and started to follow one – while the European Union regulations and the subsequent IGP and DOP were born later, in the 90s. Here are some key points of the specification that today follow all the companies of the consortium L'origine degli ulivi: duse of "percussion means" or the sticks that pull the barrel to the branches to drop the olives, they damage them; absolute prohibition to collect olives that have fallen spontaneously; pressing within 48 hours from the collection. The Laudemio Frescobaldi brand, however, chooses to go far beyond: the oices are broken on the day of collection. Always. And normally within 6 hours at most: a real point in favor of quality. And the olives – to be regulated by the consortium must be collected by 30 November, for Laudemio the harvest usually takes place within the month of October. All rules, these, that guarantee one minimum acidity, a great aromatic profile and high nutritional properties.

THEat first bottle di Laudemio Frescobaldi 2018, as usual, was sent on November 14th to Prince Charles of England, an exceptional enthusiast, who in 1986 planted an olive tree in the Frescobaldi estate of Castello Nipozzano. Her sisters are now on the shelves for the joy of that 54% of consumers who do not recognize themselves as "essential", because they want something more from extra virgin olive oil …

Stella Rita
December 2018

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