Triglycerides

Triglycerides are fats composed of fatty acids and glycerol. They are moved through the bloodstream by combining with proteins to form particles called lipoproteins. Triglycerides pass from the liver to other parts of the body that need lipoproteins for energy. Triglycerides then return to the liver where they are removed from the body. The level of triglycerides in your blood tells how well your body processes the fat in your diet. Accurate results require fasting for nine to twelve hours (no food or drink except water and medication) prior to testing.


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Try adding almonds or walnuts to hot or cold cereal for extra crunch and some healthy fat.

 

Choose a margarine or spread without hydrogenated or partially-hydrogenated oils. Remember to double-check the ingredients list.

 


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