Does being overweight with high cholesterol affect you sex life?

There has been much scientific research on this issue and there is ample scientific evidence that high cholesterol can damage your sex life.

High cholesterol and obesity often go together, especially in America. Read this report on how obesity affects sex life on the male enhancement blog.

Research also shows that reversing diabetes, cholesterol and weight loss will eventually help a man with sexual problems. Cholesterol lowering drugs can prove to be quite beneficial in this aspect.

Similarly, losing weight will definitely help a man in bedroom.

So for men, this is another good reason to keep their weight and cholesterol in check!


4 Easy Ways To Keep your Cholesterol in Check

Cholesterol is a word that comes with lots of baggage. It conjures up images of clogged arteries and heart attacks, due to decades of medical advice about the dangers of high cholesterol levels. There’s no question that high cholesterol  leads to heart disease, the number one killer of both men and women.


But there’s another side of cholesterol too. We need a certain amount of it for good health. It’s one of the lipids (“fats”) that moves through our bloodstreams to repair and build cell walls and to make certain hormones. One form of cholesterol, HDL (which stands for high-density lipoprotein), actually decreases heart disease risk because it cleans fat and bad cholesterol from our arteries, transporting it to the liver for removal from our bodies.


Too much blood cholesterol, particularly LDL (low-density lipoprotein, or “bad” cholesterol) can result in plaques building up inside the arteries. Like gunk clogging a pipe, cholesterol can clog up arteries, even stopping blood flow if it’s bad enough. And, because every cell we have needs oxygen and blood is how oxygen is delivered to cells, clogged arteries leading to important organs like the heart are bad news indeed. Other parts of the body can be affected too. If lower limbs can’t get enough blood flow because of plaque-clogged arteries, gangrene is a possibility, and can result in the need for amputations.

But there are many things you can do to reduce your risk of heart disease and other problems caused by high cholesterol by making lifestyle changes. Here are some tips for keeping your cholesterol levels under control.

1. Get your cholesterol levels checked.


Over 100 million Americans (that’s one-third of the population) have high cholesterol, according to the American Heart Association. High cholesterol alone doesn’t cause symptoms, so it’s possible not to even know your cholesterol is high before you have serious problems. A simple blood test checks total cholesterol, HDL (good) cholesterol, and triglycerides, another form of fat that circulates in our arteries. The average adult over age 20 should have their cholesterol checked every 5 years. If your cholesterol levels are high, your doctor may advise you to have them checked more often.

2. Understand what the numbers mean.


Cholesterol levels are given in milligrams per deciliter, or mg/dL, and with your total cholesterol, the lower the number the better. Numbers more than 240 mg/dL are too high. Numbers from 200 to 240 are considered borderline high, and numbers under 200 are considered good. In addition to total cholesterol, your tests may include information on both good and bad cholesterol levels to get a more nuanced picture of your health situation. HDL, or good cholesterol levels should be 45 or higher. Levels for LDL (bad) cholesterol should be 130 or lower. But these are general guidelines, and what’s healthy for you will depend on your age, gender, and family history. Your doctor should elucidate what your particular numbers mean for you.

3. Change your eating habits.


To lower your cholesterol, eat fewer foods that are high in fat and cholesterol, which contribute to high blood cholesterol levels. High cholesterol foods are those foods made from animal products which include high levels of fat. Dietary experts recommend that no more than 30% of your calories each day should come from fats. Keep in mind, too, that some fats are better than others. Saturated fat is the worst kind, and is found mostly in animal foods like beef, pork, and dairy products. Saturated fat is the main dietary contributor to high blood cholesterol levels. On the other hand, polyunsaturated fats, which are found in soybeans and sunflower seeds, for example, and monounsaturated fats, found in olive, canola, and peanut oils, may actually help lower blood cholesterol levels when substituted for saturated fats in your diet. Avocados are another source of monounsaturated fats. Add more fiber, fish, fruits, and vegetables to your diet, and you can keep your arteries healthier. High fiber foods like oat bran, oatmeal, citrus fruits, and beans, can lower cholesterol levels. Oily fish, like salmon and mackerel, which contain beneficial omega 3 fatty acids, can lower triglyceride levels in your blood. Fruits and vegetables are also high in vitamins and low in calories, fat and cholesterol. You should avoid or limit organ meats, egg yolks, and whole milk dairy products, which have lots of cholesterol in them.

4. Quit smoking and lose excess weight.


Smoking and overeating, as well as physical inactivity, can contribute to high cholesterol levels. Smoking also damages the walls of your arteries, making it easier for fat to cling to them. Quitting smoking is one of the healthiest things you can do. So is losing excess weight and getting more physical activity. Half an hour of moderate exercise at least 3 times a week can help keep weight off, improve cholesterol levels, and reduce heart attack and stroke risk.

If diet and lifestyle changes aren’t enough to keep your cholesterol levels in check, then you may need to take medications to lower cholesterol levels. Your doctor can guide you on your many options for reducing cholesterol and enjoying the health benefits of lower cholesterol levels.

20 Most Deadly High Cholesterol Foods

Scrumptious, savory … and slightly suicidal.

This list is for anybody that – like me – thinks that fruits and veggies are for kids. And sissies. Real men and women eat food so tasty, so flavorful, so delicious that your arteries will shiver in fear just from looking at it. Here are 20 of my favorites

1. 4.800 Calorie Burger

Josh Kowalczyk, an intern with the West Michigan Whitecaps, in Comstock Park, Mich. poses for a photo March 24, 2009. The $20 burger will feature a sesame-seed bun made from a pound of dough, five 1/3-pound beef patties, five slices of cheese, nearly a cup of chili and liberal doses of salsa and corn chips. (AP Photo/The Grand Rapids Press, Rex Larsen) Original Filename: ODD_Bodacious_Ballpark_Burger_BPNX.jpg
Josh Kowalczyk, an intern with the West Michigan Whitecaps, in Comstock Park, Mich. poses for a photo March 24, 2009. The $20 burger will feature a sesame-seed bun made from a pound of dough, five 1/3-pound beef patties, five slices of cheese, nearly a cup of chili and liberal doses of salsa and corn chips. (AP Photo/The Grand Rapids Press, Rex Larsen) Original Filename: ODD_Bodacious_Ballpark_Burger_BPNX.jpg

If you ever wanted to know what a heart attack on a plate looked like… well, now you know. Ironically, the Fifth Third Burger is a menu item at games for a Michigan minor-league baseball team, a group that (allegedly) values health and well being. The calorie count is 4,800 thanks to 5.3 pounds of beef and only-God-knows amounts of chilli, cheese, salsa, Fritos, and sour cream.


2. Meta Meat Cake


What happens when you put beef, pork, ham, sausage (4 kinds), cappy, bacon, pepperoni and cheese together? A meat cake, of course. A hardcore carnivores dream… or nightmare.


3. KFC & Krispy Kreme Fried Chicken Luther Double Down Sandwich


For less than $7 you can give your doctor a coronary. The recipe is simple: just buy a Double Down sandwich from KFC and swap out the buns for two Krispy Kreme donuts. Throw in an unhealthy dollop of Colonel’s sauce and you’re in for a heartache of a good time.


Editor’s Note

Dietary Fiber is one of the best ways to reduce bad cholesterol levels. Take a look at this list on high fiber foods and fiber supplements like Glucomannan. However, don’t fall prey to the fiber’s weight loss claims as proposed by certain diet pill companies. Glucomannan Fiber is probably not the best way to lose weight.

4. The Shackleton  6000 Calorie Polar Dinner


Who wouldn’t want to consume 6,000 calories in a single meal? For about $120 you can head to London’s Green Door Bar and Grill to get The Shackleton (named after adventurer Ernest Shackleton) which consists of a 20oz steak, a hoosh stew, and pork. But your meal isn’t finished until you drink your beverage, err, beverages… which means one ice cream shake, a glass wine and can of beer.


5. Giant Ice Cream Sundae


Now, I like ice cream sundaes just as much as the next man… but… 90 gallons of vanilla ice cream? 10 gallons of chocolate fudge and strawberries? At least the 30 pounds of chopped pecans are kind of healthy. Kind of.


6. Worlds Biggest Omelette

Ironically, the World’s Largest Omelette is meant to promote eggs as a healthy food to eat. Something about frying up 110,010 eggs in over 114 gallons of oil doesn’t seem like the picture of perfect health to me. And, for the record, the American Health Association recommends 300mg of cholesterol daily and a single fried egg contains 230mg.



7. Deep Fried Everything


A British couple in Brooklyn is really getting into the American spirit, selling nothing but deep fried goodness out of their Park Slope Chip Shop. I’m not talking just French fries here. I’m talking twinkies, Mars Bars, and Oreos. When doubling the calorie count of your meal is your goal, this is certainly the way to go.


8. Heart Attack Scrambler Breakfast


Packed with enough calories to last two days, The Scrambler might actually make your heart explode. At first blush the plate is simply eggs, potatoes, cheese, gravy and bacon. But when you consider that you’re eating 3 ounces of said ingredients you start to see why it might not be your healthiest meal ever. Just head to Mickie’s in Madison, WI if you’re keen to cutting a few years of your life span.

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9. Squeeze with cheese


The Squeeze Inn (Sacramento, CA) is all about slowing your blood flow. Just order your burger with the Squeeze with Cheese upgrade and they’ll douse your 1/3 pound burger with enough cheese to make a nacho cry. Diabolical in all the right ways.

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10. Junior’s Latke Sandwich


Using potato pancakes as buns to for a brisket sandwich doesn’t sound like such a bad idea to me. IT’s the dipping sauce – either, sour cream, gravy, or apple sauce – that put it up there on the heart murmur scale. You can find the sandwich (called the Something Different Sandwich) exclusively at Junior’s in NYC.


11. Bacon Cheese Turtleburgers


Granted, turtleburgers don’t exactly look appetizing. Then again, when have you ever known anything that incorporates bacon not to be delicious? After the Saints made it to the Super Bowl something possessed vendors to put cheese, beef and hot dogs together. This is the result.


12. Every Topping Under The Sundae


Now if you haven’t been converted to the God send that is Cold Stone already, I have nothing more to say to ye. And if you have you’ll appreciate the heart stopping potential of the Everything Under the Sundae, which piles sweet cream ice cream and Oreo cream filling ice cream with 2 kinds of chocolate chips, 8 kinds of candy, 2 kinds of sprinkles, 4 kinds of nuts, 5 kinds of berries, 2 kinds of shavings, 4 kinds of sauces, pineapple, brownies, cherry pie filling, marshmellows,2 kinds of crumbles, cookie dough and Oreo cookies, peanut butter, pie crust, cake pieces AND whipped cream. Eat and die slowly


13. Red Velvet Fried Chicken


Fried Chicken battered in Red Velvet cupcake mix… genius if you ask me. Serve it with mashed potatoes (garlic and cream cheese) and you have a winner. Plus, with the “salad” on the side you can even tell the wife that your order is almost healthy.


14. Supersized Schnitzel


Everything at Restaurant Waldgeist (Hofheim, Germany) is supersized… not like McDonalds supersized though. More like Godzilla supersized. Their Schnitzel is no different and it’s served with french fries to boot. This is the kind of meal that destroys any hope you had of getting back into shape. Ever.

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15. Mayonnaise Drinks


Koji Nakamura created the Mayogarita… which I take as proof that he’s the anti-christ. As the name suggests, the drink is a standard margarita given a blood-clotting kick of mayonnaise. You can find it exclusively at Nakamura’s Mayonnaise Kitchen in Tokyo, Japan.


16. Iskender Kebap Soaked in Butter


The Iskender Kebap is a dish consisting of 5 types of lamb, strained yogurt, and a half pound of butter. Total calorie count is around 2,000. You’ll find this dish everywhere in Turkey, making the country a great entrepreneurial opportunity for any cardiologists reading this.


17. The Hamdog


In Decatur, Georgia a small pool hall named Mulligan’s has been actively crushing arteries for years now. Their chef/owner Goff serves a hamburger/hot dog/cheese sandwich deep-fried and doused in chilli, bacon, egg and onions. Your heart will flutter after one bite of the 1,000+ sandwich… and by the last, it may be time for a requiem.

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18. The Garbage Plate


The name (Garbage Plate) could be better, but Nick Tahou might’ve been onto something big with this one. It’s basically red and white hots, sausage, chicken, fish, ham, cheese, eggs, mustard, ketchup, hot sauce, onions, and a whole lot of beef piled onto a plate of beans and potatoes. Your taste buds will jump for joy between heart palpitations.


19. Smith Island Cake


This isn’t the most complex of desserts – it’s simply a 10 layer chocolate cake – but it gets a mention due to its fat content. A single serving injects 26 grams of fat into your system… which balances out to 234 unhealthy calories.


20. Lobster Roll


You haven’t tasted heaven until you’ve had a lobster roll. A decadent mix of mayonnaise, butter and lobster meat, the lobster roll is so bad for the body but so good for the taste buds. The lobster roll you get at pizza shop Papa Gino’s carries about 34 grams of fat.


10 Cholesterol Lowering Foods

The most common culprit of deaths today is heart disease, and it does not choose its victims. Heart diseases usually result from the high presence of cholesterol in the body, specifically the bad kind of cholesterol.

There are actually two kinds of cholesterol in the body, the low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol which is the bad cholesterol and the high-density lipoprotein (HDL) which is the good cholesterol. The bad cholesterol deposits itself on your artery walls, forming plaques that can make them hard and narrow. The good cholesterol, on the other hand, removes the excess LDL in your blood and moves it to your liver for disposal. The more HDL you consume, the less LDL you will have in your body. To help reduce the bad cholesterol, some people may need proper medication. However, following a heart-healthy diet is also equally important. Below is a list of ten cholesterol-lowering foods that you may want to give a shot:

1. Blueberries

Pterostilbene, a compound found in blueberries, can help reduce the body’s cholesterol levels in the same way that commercial drugs can.

2. Avocados

Approximately 87% of the fats found in avocados are heart-healthy and unsaturated. These fats can potentially reduce cholesterol levels in the body and also protect against heart disease and diabetes.

3. Flaxseed oil

Flaxseed oil can decrease blood pressure in men with high cholesterol. According to a study of men aged 59, those who took flaxseed oil supplements every day experienced a significant decrease in their blood pressure, both systolic and diastolic.

4. Yogurt

According to studies, the probiotics Lactobacillus acidophilus and Lactobacillus reuteri, which are found in live active-culture yogurt, help reduce cholesterol levels. They do this by preventing the reabsorption of cholesterol into the bloodstream. Yogurt is also a low-calorie snack, and you can take it on a daily basis.

5. Foods Fortified with Plant Sterols or Stanols

Sterols or stanols, which are extracted from plants, have the ability to block the absorption of cholesterol in the body. Getting two grams of plant sterols a day can lower LDL cholesterol by 10 to 15 percent. You can find sterols in fortified foods such as margarine spread, granola bars, salad dressings, and orange juice. Please take note, however, that plant sterols are not for everyone. It is only recommended by AHA for people with high levels of LDL cholesterol.

6. Broccoli

Broccoli is full of soluble fiber which helps control high levels of cholesterol in the body.

7. Artichokes

Compounds found in artichoke leaves have been proven to inhibit HMG-CoA reductase and thus reduce the body’s bad cholesterol and increase the good cholesterol.

8. Celery

Pthalides, a content found in celery, helps increase secretion of bile acid which subsequently lowers the cholesterol.

9. Zucchini

The fiber found in zucchini is proven to lower cholesterol by attaching itself to bile acids which the liver makes from cholesterol and by lowering its ability to digest fat.

10. Red Wine

Red wine contains resveratrol and saponins which have been found to lower the bad cholesterol.

Whether you are young or old, male or female, underweight or overweight, it is very important to have your cholesterol levels checked from time to time. Before you know it, you might just be an inch away from getting that potentially threatening heart disease, and it will already be too late to undo the past. Thus, while you still have time, try to live a healthy lifestyle by including cholesterol-lowering foods in your diet.

5 Awesome Sushi Art

When one says sushi, one automatically thinks about the Japanese. But surely, it’s not only the Japanese who have gotten crazy of this food, especially with its design.

The world is always mesmerized by how professionals design sushi. The possibilities are endless but here are some of the surprising looks ever given to a sushi. These designs never fail to give them a slurping and appetizing look. So, do you think you can control yourself for now?

Check out these 5 amazing way to make Sushi look even more appetizing!

1. Panda Sushi

If you still can’t get enough of Kung Fu Panda, then here is the sushi customized just for you! This sushi is designed with the same black cute ears, eyes, nose and lips as your idol Panda. Definitely, a cooking art! Are you sure you still want to eat this or you just want to keep this in the fridge? Well, the best fantasy may be to give this sushi as a special birthday gift to Kung Fu Panda himself – and surely, he can’t stop eating this mini-caricature of himself!

2. Microsoft Windows Laptop Sushi

Bill Gates will surely love this sushi! Shaped like a laptop with Windows flashing on its screen, this might just be the most techie sushi out in the market. Once you start taking a bite on this sushi though, you can’t anymore press the backspace key to regenerate it. This food looks like Windows but of course, it doesn’t work like Windows. Well, such a deceiving art!

3. U.S. President Barack Obama Sushi

All the while, you thought that the Obama support ended with the election votes? Well, not until you see this one-of-a-kind sushi – a very cute miniature of the U.S. President himself! This is designed by Kawasumi-Sensei, a sushi chef teaching at Tokyo University, in honor of the President. After all those trial-and-errors, he came up with this final result – a happy and laughing Barack Obama. For Obama’s skin, brown rice is used; for his hair, black sesame seeds; for his lips, tiny shrimp; and for his all-out smile, fish paste. Isn’t it lovely?

4. Tommy Sushi

So, why is the name Tommy? This is actually based on Tomica, a toy truck from which the artwork is modelled. Paramodel, an artistic duet from Osaka, Tokyo, combined Tomica, a toy truck, and Sushi, a food model of Japanese food, into one magnificent artwork, the Tommy Sushi! The sushi is carried at the back of the truck – giving the whole food a come-eat-me-now look!

5. Gummy Sushi Art

Gummy bears are still not out of the picture today. In fact, they have invaded the Japanese world of sushis. The whole sushi is actually made of Gummy bear materials. Thus, you can expect a little bit of stretching with this food. This may not be your typical sushi which is made of rice but this is still one heck of a sushi art. The look is, indeed, very tempting.

So, after seeing all the images, do you still want to eat this food? Maybe, you now feel that pang of regret in destroying the sushi’s whole image once you get to take a bite of it. Well, blame it to the art. Undoubtedly, the concoctions inside the sushi rolls are not that easy, thus, much credit should be given to the talented and artistic chefs who made all of these possible. Definitely, sushi art is an impressive test of creativity.

14 Foods you Wouldn’t Believe are Bad for You

Think you’re eating healthily? Guess again! Bread, vitamins and green tea; all are surprisingly unhealthy, so check out this list and change your diet for the better.

1. Rapeseed Oil

Canola Oil is the clever rebranding of genetically modified Rapeseed Oil – an industrial oil used for lubrication, NOT human consumption.

The process that makes Canola Oil requires high-temperature mechanical pressing and solvent extraction, before being bleached and showered in chemicals. Unrefined, Canola oil contains roughly 10% omega-3’s, which are found in fish oils and promote all sorts of bodily goodness. However, these healthy unsaturated fats quickly become smelly and disgusting when heated, so they have to be deodorised. This process then turns a lot of the omega-3’s from nice, healthy fats into disgustingly unhealthy trans fats, which are generally labelled as hydrogenated vegetable oils and have shown a direct link to cancer!

During the eighties, rapeseed was fed to dairy cows, pigs and sheep as a cheap and available food source – until the animals started going blind and attacking people! These attacks were eventually stopped once the CanolaOil was eliminated from their food source.

Finally, Canola Oil blocks normal enzyme function and inhibits the proper metabolism of foods, making you fat. Still not convinced? It’s called rapeseed oil!


2. Canned Tomatoes

Tinned tomatoes have been linked to reproductive problems, heart disease, diabetes and obesity – thanks to the bisphenol-A (BPA) that lines the tins. Endocrinologist Fredrick vomSaal blames the resin lining of tin cans as they contain BPA which is a synthetic oestrogen linked to all the above diseases. It is the acidity of the tomatoes that causes the BPA to leach into your food from the tins.

As if this weren’t enough, the tomatoes are picked prematurely and hormones are used to ripen them, depriving them of their optimum nutrition. So much for them being a “superfood”!


3. Fruit Smoothies

Many fruit smoothies contain added sugars and high-fructose corn syrup, which means they’re more milkshake than smoothie. The key here really is in the name, choose a 100% fruit smoothie made with plain yogurt instead of ice cream or sherbet will contain nearly half the calories and significantly less sugar, plus it will provide all of the fibre, vitamin and antioxidant capacity that a smoothie is supposed to have as well as providing some of your five-a-day.


4. Green Tea

Green Tea is famous for its health benefits, and is very popular in Southern and Eastern Asia, as it contains antioxidants and caffeine. Research has shown this drink to be the oriental “secret” against cancer, heart disease, skin diseases and senility. However, it sacrifices taste for health benefits, meaning that companies add a load of sugars and additives to counter-act its bitter taste.

Scientists have warned people who drink green tea in high amounts that they are posing a risk to their kidneys and liver, as it contains large quantities of polyphenols, and the EGCG (epigallocatechingallate) in the tea can interfere with a child’s growth whilst in the womb, which can create complications.


5. Dried Fruit

Dried fruit. It lasts. It tastes good. It’s fruit! So what’s the problem? Okay, there are worse things to snack on, packets of crisps or chocolate bars, but that doesn’t mean dried fruit is a harmless snack. First of all, as it’s dried fruit, they lack moisture, and moisture is normally what gives fruit it’s volume and you that nice, sought after, “full” feeling. 600 calories of volumeless dried fruit later – you’re still hungry.

However, what’s worse is the fact that companies such as Sun-Maid and Ocean Spray add a tonne of sugar to the fruit, making it taste nice but making Craisins more like sweets than natural healthy goodness. So, what alternatives are there? Maybe, I don’t know, trying real fruit?


6. Margarine

Although easier to spread, in their desperate bid to remove saturated fats from buttermargarine makers created an accidental monster. Instead of being laden with saturated fats, margarine contains plenty of the much more dangerous trans-fats that have more links to heart disease. Instead, try using real butter, just choose a make that has had air whipped into it, this decreases the calorie count of a tablespoon of butter, and makes it much easier to spread.


7. Wheat Products

Wheat products such as most breads, cereals, pasta, bagels and so forth, are all believed to be healthy by the vast majority of the public. However, Mike Greary, a certified nutrition specialist, suggests that a lot of people have some level of intolerance to the gluten that is found in wheat and some grains. Gluten intolerance, called coeliac disease, is not a food allergy, but a physical reaction that causes the body to try and “defend” itself by attacking the gluten protein. This usually causes an extreme physical reaction, which in the short term causes stomach pains and bad moods. In the long term prolonged exposure to gluten flattens down the villi, which line the small intestine and help to digest food.


8. Granola Bar

Ever wonder what keeps a granola bar together? The makers of one of America’s favourite, most misunderstood snacks use mostly high-fructose corn syrup (sugar) as their “glue”, which in turns quickly raises blood sugar and cancels out any of the potential benefits you might otherwise get from the oats. By switching over to good old-fashioned cheese and crackers, you swap out sugar and fat for protein and fibre. Talk about a great deal!


9. Yogurt with Fruit – Tubs

Yogurt and fruit – a combination too healthy and perfect to be true? Well, unfortunately, you’d be right. That little tub in the corner contains as much sickly sweet sugar as a soft drink, due to the “fruit” being made almost entirely of high-fructose corn syrup. Instead, start your day off with real fruit pieces and non fat plain yogurt to get the same effect – minus the calorie count.


10. Chewable Vitamin Tablets

Chewable tablets are a fun and easy way to get your kids to eat their vitamins. Unfortunately they are also a good way to get your kids eaten by vitamins! The scientific name for Vitamin C is ascorbic acid, which is a good clue to the route of the problem. Studies have shown that in some cases, chewable Vitamin C tablets can cause people’s teeth to erode.Dentists, as usual, suggest you brush your teeth afterwards and try to buy a brand that has Vitamin C in its non-acidic form. Or man up and swallow the pill.


11. “Light” Sandwiches

What makes these sandwiches “lite”, “light” or “fitness”, is the fact they have very little in them. Instead of protein or vegetables, what these sandwiches do have in high numbers, is sugar-laden salad dressings and white bread. The freshness is questionable too, and you need a high amount to fill your stomach.


12. Acai Berry

Because demand for the acai berry has soared to roughly $104 million in the US alone, thanks to Oprah Winfrey’s endorsement, the normal process used in the Brazilian jungles of finding naturally growing berries cannot meet demands. This has, naturally, led to farming of the berry, and the wide-spread use of pesticides and other harmful chemicals, as well as de-forestation.

As well as damaging the environment, the acai berry can also harm the human body. Because it only grows in one region, to prevent it from going rotten it must be processed and sealed on the same day before being flown all over the world. The “berry” is rarely sold as such, but is more commonly found in pill form, with a host of ingredients added to try and cut costs. Empty ingredients, such as sugar and caffeine may or may not be listed, leaving the consumer in the dark as to what they are actually eating.


13. Baked Beans

Beans themselves are a great source of protein and fibre. Unfortunately, as with most things in this list, they contain an awfully large amount of sugar – up to the same amount as an 8oz. can of soft drink!


14. Reduced Fat Peanut Butter

Real peanuts are high in protein, and high in all the healthy fats your body needs. By extension, peanut butter made from only peanuts are also high in these properties. The problem occurs when companies make reduced fat varieties, they take a small amount of real and healthy peanut butter, and mix it up with fillers like sugar. Basically, they substitute good fats for bad fats. Stick to the good stuff.


15 Foods that Could Survive the Apocalypse

December 12, 2012 is right around the corner. If the coaxial rotation of the Earth does happen to shift, it’ll probably be tough to get to the supermarket. My advice: start stocking up on these 15 types of “apocalypse proof”  survival food now, just in case.

1. Spam

Despite looking like a slimy pink mutant in a can, SPAM has all of the ingredients you need to stay alive — calories, protein and water content. And with 33% of the average man’s daily sodium allowance in each can, it’ll be a cold day in hell before the “meat” spoils.


2. Honey

Ancient Egyptian pharaohs were sometimes sealed in their tombs along with jars of honey, to be eaten as part of their afterlife breakfast.  Most of that honey is still fit to be eaten to this day.  Plus, it can be turned into mead and every apocalyptist knows you need some sort of liquor WTSHTF.
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3. Jell-O

Bill Cosby had it right all along; Jello-O is a must have item. You see, gelatine (the main ingredient) is made from the ‘nasty bits’ left over when slaughtering cows and pigs… hides and bones mostly. Those nasty bits happen to have a long shelf life, which is a very good thing when there’s no more McDonald’s.


4. Twinkies

The myth holds that Twinkies never go bad, that they’re fluffed up with embalming fluid, that they will be the ONLY food after WW3. The truth is that the Twinkie goes bad after 25 days, so buy a month’s supply on December 11th.


5. Processed Cheese

Did you know those slices of “American cheese” are only 51% actual cheese? The other half are all kinds of fun chemicals, oils and preservatives that aren’t likely to disintegrate, even during nuclear winter.


6. Canned Foods

Meat, veggies and fish can all be bought already crammed in a metal container and made to last. On average, they’ll last you anywhere from 2 to 5 years, with acidic foods (i.e. tomatoes) expiring sooner.


7. Beef Jerky

South America’s Quechua population used to scorch meat to make it last longer. Thus, jerky was born. Since jerky is high on protein and doesn’t need to be refrigerated, it’s a perfect item to have for when the electric infrastructure collapses.

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8. MRE (Meals Ready to Eat)

MREs don’t taste even close to good, but they last forever (5 to 10 years) and don’t need to be cooked. Just open, eat, and keep the barf bag close by.


9. Hard Grains & Beans

Beans are edible 10+ years after they form, and hard grains stay good for up to 12 years. The trick is to keep them in a cool area and, if possible, to starve that area of oxygen. An air sealed bag kept in the basement would be perfect.


10. Freeze Dried Meat

You can be locked in your bomb shelter for two decades, and your freeze dried meat will still be edible. But don’t forget the potable water; since 97% of the meat’s water is removed during the freeze drying process you’ll need to rehydrate it before cooking.


11. Dehydrated smashed potatoes

Potatoes have been a main staple of the human diet for practically forever, and as long as they’re kept dry, smash potatoes can be kept almost indefinitely. The Incas were onto something hundreds of years ago when they would freeze potatoes on a mountain, then stamp on them to squirt the water out, making them smaller, light and easy to use. Just add water.


12. Pizza mix

It’s easy to store, and all you need to do is add water, tomato sauce and cheese. Admittedly, it’s not as easy as ringing Domino’s or Pizza Hut, but they didn’t do too well during the zombie attack; not even armed with pizza cutters. Still, no need for a freezer, and it actually tastes pretty good. As long as I don’t cook it.

13. Tang

An easy way to spice up rain-water and give it some colour, if nuclear fallout hasn’t done it already, is to add some Tang. Pre-nuclear holocaust it has lots of vitamins and orangey flavour, but it may lose some of its goodness after The War. Still, it’ll have plenty of flavour and sugar, and a squirt of sugary energy may be just what you need to run away from the cannibals.


14. Frozen meat

Canned meat is good, fresh meat is better. Or, at least, the freshest you can get, try and keep some livestock in your yard (or whatever you can manage). If you don’t have the room for a herd, try and keep a freezer stocked full of dead animal. A good idea is to keep portion sized amounts in a Ziplock bag or wrapped in clingfilm, to keep them from sticking together.

15. Lentils

Protein, iron, calories, fiber, dietary fiber, Folate, vitamin B1, and minerals, lentils have it all. In the face of zombie attack, nuclear war or meteorite strike, ensure you make lentils one of your staple food sources. They’re so good, even Health Magazine has selected them as one of the five healthiest foods.

High Cholesterol Foods to Avoid


A diet that usually has lots of cholesterol and fats makes on to be at a very high risk of contracting different types of diseases notes the American Heart Association. These saturated fats arte normally found in foods like the dairy products and the meat products. While the majority usually consumed at the fast food joints. These foods are useably unhealthy and make the person using them to be at great risk especially if they do not follow the exercise regime.

1. What are you eating for breakfast?


The important thing to note on the high cholesterol foods is the quantity of the cholesterol. According to the American Heart Association, it is important to know what you are consuming. The required in take of cholesterol on a daily basis 300mg. if you have high cholesterol amounts in your body, you need to reduce the amount to 200mg per day. Eggs are one of the high cholesterol foods and if you have just had an egg during the breakfast period, you have just consumed 213g of cholesterol. You need to substitute this and try to take at least fruits or whole grain.

2. The cheese burger


There are lots of American who prefer to have quick lunch at the fast food joints. Before you go ahead to order that delicious double cheese burger, you need to think on the cholesterol levels. Most of the cheese burgers have cholesterol range from 75mg to 175 mg. it will be a good option to take the fries but not on a regular basis.

3. Cheese and Macaroni


The ingredients that are in this meal include cheese, milk, butter and whole milk. All these ingredients have lots of saturated fats but the Americans find it to be a very simple dish to prepare. The best thing will be to opt for low fat cheese and evaporated milk and low butter content. This way, you will still enjoy the meal but healthier.

4. Taking the ice cream during the dessert period


According to the Department of Agriculture, over 1.55 billion gallons were produced in 2007. This is one of the most enjoyed desserts in many American households. Ice cream has a lot of fat content just like the cheese burger and hamburger. It even has more cholesterol than 10 doughnuts combined. Try to take fruits for dessert since they have no cholesterol.

5. Rib- eye steak


This meal has a whole lot of saturated fats that one can ever think of. Taking it alone will give you all the cholesterol at you need for the whole day. If you do not want to leave this delicacy, try choosing leaner meat which has low cholesterol

6. Should you take that muffin?


There are a number of muffin s that are healthy and do not contain the high amounts of fats. However, the normal English muffin contains lots of fats like 8 grams per muffin and if you take two of that, on a daily basis, you will definitely have high cholesterol level in your body. If you want to take them, choose the ones that have low fats and have been made from fruits.

7. Sea food


There are a number of sea foods that are good but there are others that really have lots of high cholesterol. Lobster is the perfect example for the seafood to avoid and it really has high cholesterol and will give you lots of heart problems in the future. Three ounces usually contain 60mg cholesterol.

8. Is chicken good for you?


Chicken is termed to be one of the foods that have low cholesterol but it can also have lots of cholesterol depending on how it is cooked. You need to skin it and also do not fry it of cook it with other fatty foods.

9. Should you take that liver?


Liver has a very important nutrient that we need in the body and it is iron. But did you know that a lot of fat is hidden in the liver? It is a health food but you need to limit how you take. Taking it on a daily basis is not good but at least once a week is very important.

10. Avoid taking snacks


A lot of people love taking snacks but they are filled with lots of fats. Some of the snacks include sweets, fries, cookies and cake. Always check what is on the pack of the food before you take it. Try to purchase the snacks that are low in fat.

The overall importance which will make one have the right levels of cholesterol in the body will be to avoid fatty foods and do lots of exercise.

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Normal cholesterol levels

Currently many people around the globe are grappling with high blood cholesterol levels which is apparently the cause of the increasing levels of obesity both in children and adults as well.


This condition is normally caused as a result of bad eating habits. For instance in the US, the states of Georgia and Alabama are known to register the highest prevalence of people with cholesterol problems and obesity in turn. On the contrary, California and Florida many people are much healthy. The residents of Alabama and Georgia who have problems with their cholesterol exhibit such conditions mainly because of diets. The problem should not however be blamed on eating habits, other factors such as heredity and activity levels have the potential of causing these conditions. However it has always been a general belief that what we ingest really determines our body’s health.



Now what is the normal cholesterol level? This is when a person has an ideal ratio of HDL to LDL cholesterol. The ideal for men varies from that for women. For people older than 30 years, when they visit the doctor, the doctor would ideally check the levels of both the HDL and LDL in the blood. If for instance the level of LDL is found to be high, the doctor would advise the patient to try and bring the levels lower either through exercises and better and informed dieting. Medications can also be prescribed by the doctor to help the patient bring down the LDL without much hassle. The administration of medication however would be more ideal if the levels of cholesterol are really not high. For extreme cases diet change would be recommended to keep the blood cholesterol levels at check.

High LDL and low HDL cholesterol levels are the most dangerous conditions to be in. Considering the fact that HDL cholesterol plays a critical role in cleaning the arteries, having a deficit of these can be extremely alarming.


Cholesterol levels for Women

Generally, as women become old, their cholesterol levels in their blood tend to increase. Blood cholesterol is categorized into LDL cholesterol and HDL cholesterol. The former is termed to as “bad” and is a major culprit for many cases of heart diseases, high blood pressure, and stroke among other complications. On the other hand, HDL plays the role of cleaning blood vessel to allow blood to flow easily. Women are advised to keep their cholesterol levels at check lest it reaches alarming levels.


Well, how can you get to know your cholesterol level? To get to know your level of LDL and HDL, a medical practitioner would perform a blood test on you. Women who are above 40 years old tend to have higher cholesterol levels than those under the age of 30. For the latter, they might just be more informed on good eating habits while for the over 40s, this condition may be due to years of uninformed eating habits. High cholesterol levels also occur as a result of not performing workouts to burn up the excess cholesterol. In the information world however, solutions have come up to address this problem. Diet seems to be the most debated upon since many medical specialists seem to think a switch in dieting can transform people’s cholesterol levels without them really realizing.

The cholesterol levels however are not a constant factor, they are bound to fluctuate mainly depending on the foods you eat for what period you consume them. Say for example you eat lots of eggs and buttered bread; you are likely to exhibit higher levels of cholesterol than another person who had eaten green vegetables or fruits. As many doctors would advise, intermittent LDL is not really an alarming but rather persistent in maintaining high levels.


Editor’s Note

Cholesterol may become an even more issue for post-menopausal women who might find that cholesterol levels rise with menopause and it is often accompanied with weight gain too.

Learn some tips on how to avoid menopause weight gain and using supplements like black cohosh found in estroven for treating this issue.

In order to increase your level of blood HDL and lower your LDL levels, you have to adopt a totally different lifestyle change. Remember that HDL is very helpful in your body because it helps ensure that your arteries are kept clear thus allowing blood to flow as desired. The issue then remains how to monitor the cholesterol levels.

Well, the levels of HDL and LDL can be monitored through having regular blood checks to detect the amount of cholesterol in it. Since cholesterol levels are bound to change over time, it advisable to go for such tests a couple of times annually.