Triglycerides are the most common type of fat in the body that comes from food and extra calories the body stores and uses when it needs energy, according to MedlinePlusUS National Library of Medicine.
However, it is important to have triglyceride levels in the desired ranges, as having high levels can increase the risk of heart disease, such as coronary artery disease.
In fact, factors that can raise your triglyceride level include:
- Regularly eating more calories than you burn, especially if you consume a lot of sugar.
- Being overweight or obese.
- Smoking cigarettes.
- Excessive use of alcohol.
- Certain medications.
- Some genetic disorders.
- Thyroid diseases.
- Poorly controlled type 2 diabetes.
- Diseases of the liver or kidneys.
Now according to Mayo Clinica nonprofit entity dedicated to clinical practice, education, and research, sometimes high triglycerides are also a side effect of taking certain medications, as the following:
- Estrogen and progestin.
- Beta blockers.
- Some immunosuppressants.
- Some HIV medicines.
However, it is important to point out that the high level of triglycerides does not produce symptoms, but if after blood tests the levels come out high, it is necessary to make changes in habits such as diet and one recommendation is to consume apples, since this fruit “It is rich in pectin, a type of soluble fiber, which works by decreasing the absorption of fats that come from food, such as cholesterol and triglycerides, which are responsible for the development of cardiovascular diseases such as myocardial infarction, atherosclerosis and stroke. cerebral”, according to the portuguese health, nutrition and wellness portal ‘Your Health‘.
Regarding consumption, the portal pointed out that “It is a fruit with a flavor that varies between sweet and sour and can be eaten fresh, preferably with its peel, during breakfast, as a dessert or between meals.”
Additionally, he indicated that “the apple can be eaten in its dehydrated form together with granola and yogurt or used in preparations such as juices, salads, vinaigrettes and compotes. In addition to that, the apple is used to prepare vinegar and its peel is also used to make infusions.
In any case, before consuming any food, the first thing to do is consult the treating physician or a nutritionist so that they can guide the process and indicate what is most appropriate for each person, since the above recommendations are not the indicated for all people, since the information given above is in no way a substitute for medical advice.
For their part, other ways to lower triglycerides include:
- Limit sugar and refined foods.
- Limit alcohol. Moderate alcohol consumption in healthy adults generally means up to one drink a day for women and up to two drinks a day for men.
- Switch from saturated fats to healthier fats found mainly in vegetables, nuts, seeds and fish, and the World Health Organization (WHO) suggested reducing saturated fat intake to less than 10% of total calorie intake.
- Increase consumption of fruits and vegetables: the consumption per person of fruits and vegetables should be at least five servings per day.