What makes the triglycerides high in the blood? I don’t eat a lot of fatty foods and don’t drink.

I recently had a cholesterol blood test performed and I wanted to ask a few questions. First of all, my results: Total cholesterol 187mg/dl, Triglycerides 360 mg/dl, HDL cholesterol 29 mg/dl and LDL cholesterol 86 mg/dl. I understand that my total cholesterol below 200 is okay, HDL is low, LDL is okay and triglycerides...

You mention that linoleic acid is the only truly essential fatty acid. Linolenic is an omega 3 fatty acid.

On the nature of EFA's, you mention that linoleic acid is the only truly essential fatty acid (EFA). While this may be so, it glosses over the effects of an undersupply of linolenic acid in the diet, because when eicosadienoic acid is synthesized and substituted for (gamma) linolenic acid in the w-3 eicosanoid pathways,...

Your answer included the statement that the human body can make linolenic and arachidonic from linoleic.

The purpose of your service is great. Accurate nutritional information to the consumer is a must. I stumbled on your information concerning fatty acids and found some errors that I would like to clarify just for your information. Your answer included the statement that "the human body can make linolenic and arachidonic from linoleic....

Out of all the alcohol drunk, what percent of it is beer?

I think your website is excellent. I would like to know out of all the alcohol drunk, what percent of it is beer? A 2013 Gallup poll found that 60% of Americans drink alcohol occasionally and 36% was beer, 35% wine, 23% distilled liquor. Beer consumption has been dropping since 1992. Men are more likely...

My husband is on a low salt diet for high blood pressure. He tells me food tastes blah.

My husband is on a low salt diet for high blood pressure. He tells me his food tastes blah. Recently, he has been sprinkling soy sauce or Worcestershire sauce on his meat. Is it all right to use them on his diet? No, soy sauce and Worcestershire sauce are both too high in sodium and...

I wonder what type of foods I can consume to lower my bad cholesterol.

I am a 20-year-old male and I am currently wondering what type of foods I can consume to help lower my bad cholesterol because I am constantly seeing commercials about this topic, and would love a legitimate answer! You would be young to have high cholesterol in your blood unless you have a genetic cause....

What is your opinion of Dean Ornish diet for reversing coronary heart disease?

What is your opinion of Dr. Dean Ornish's diet for reversing coronary heart disease? Is it possible to get too little fat in your diet? If so, what are the symptoms? First, talk to your doctor before starting any diet or exercise. Dr. Dean Ornish's diet incorporates whole plant-based foods (vegetarian) rather than processed foods (veggie...

My triglycerides were the highest the doctor ever had seen and my cholesterol was at 308.

I went in for a physical recently and was informed that my triglycerides were the highest the doctor had ever seen (875) and my cholesterol was at 308. All other aspects of the physical went well. I went again today for another blood lab after fasting from the evening the night before. I am 32...

What do I look for when trying to count fat grams?

My question is. I have been told to have between 50 and 60 fat grams each day, but when I read nutrition facts on food labels I see total fat and also fat calories. What do I look for when trying to count fat grams? Your response is greatly appreciated. If you want to count...

Do you have a list of foods that may contain alcohol?

I teach nutrition in Missouri and also teach in our local chemical dependency unit at the local hospital. I am trying to find a list of foods that contain alcohol but have had no luck. Do you have a list of foods that may contain alcohol? I've been compiling my own list, but know I...

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