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Indian food rich in good cholestrol (hdl) ?

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I know...its a different topic than others. sorry...

I would like to know which Indian vegetable / fish is high in omega 3 fatty acids - the fat that increases the good cholestrol i.e HDL.

I dont think avocado is available in India?

Unfortunately, we Indians have one of the highest rate of heart problems in the world and hence this topic. I dont have heart problem but I did have low HDL and high LDL. Is it our genes or is it Indian food????

thanks

vsl

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Hi VSL, I suggest you do something about it in a hurry. Visit a doc. Take LDL lowering tablets.

To increase good HDL, exercise a bit every day. Drink alcohol in moderation. The good effects of fish are limited to two portions a week. Eating more does not help.

To reduce LDL, lose weight. I would go to a professional dietician to get the correct diet, this issue is too serious for you to do it casually.

Good luck.

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Not all fish contain omega 3 oils. Salmon, Mackerel, Tuna, Herring, Sardines and Trout are some that have Omega 3.

Green leaf vegetables are also recommended.

Other sources are Omega 3 fortified eggs available in India as Diet eggs.

Hemant's advice is spot on too.

Above all avoid stress and do what makes you feel happy except the obvious no-nos.

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hi hemant and ceo,

thanks for the replies and concern.

1. I am on meds for the last 3 yrs. my overall cholestrol is down (168) but hdl is still quite down (39) and my triglycerides (300) are quite up. imagine what I was when I started the meds :) . I am not overweight (175 pounds) and I drink moderately 2-3 times a week - either red wine, wheat unfiltered beer or scotch.

2. frankly I did not know Salmon, Mackerel, Tuna, Herring, Sardines and trout are available other than canned. are they?

and ceo - u r right not all fishes/seafood has omega 3. rather shellfish like mussels, clams, crabs and lobsters are not good for people like me though I love 'em all. :)

fyi - whenever I visit India (4 weeks), I am either in delhi or chandigarh and do visit Mumbai for a few days.

thanks again

vsl

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Sorry, I posted these  names as I thought you would find it useful in USA.

Coming to India is a different question all together, in fact many questions, as every part of the country will have local names for the fish.

In apna Bombay we buy them fresh:

Mackerel = Bangda

Salmon = Rawas

Tuna = Surmai

There may be some error here as there are many sub species to a  Fish.

I forget what Sardines and Herrings(not red) are called. Trout should be available in Delhi.

The simplest and most delicious way is to wrap whole fish in foil with a dash of olive oil, herbs and a little wine. Bake in a medium hot oven for about 15-20 minutes and serve sprinkled with Balsamic vinegar.

This being the basic recipe you can now play Chef with various ingredients like saffron, allspice, star anise, ginger.......

Regards

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The simplest and most delicious way is to wrap whole fish in foil with a dash of olive oil, herbs and a little wine. Bake in a medium hot oven for about 15-20 minutes and serve sprinkled with Balsamic vinegar.

Worked like a dream! I am going to try the other variations next.

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There are two schools of thought:

Ghee is good for you

Ghee is bad for you

What do you all think?

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There are two schools of thought:

Ghee is good for you

Ghee is bad for you

What do you all think?

I'd like to know too. :(

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There are two schools of thought:

Ghee is good for you

Ghee is bad for you

What do you all think?

I want to know also. :(

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My take on cholesterol etc. is that a sedentary

lifestyle, absence of exercise, and a positive energy

balance [eating more than we need] outweigh all other

risk factors in the affluent South Asian diet. There

is no substitute for physical activity which regulates

a number of vital physiological processes, as diverse

as regular bowel movement to the stimulation of the

circulatory system in the soles of our feet, to the

all-important insulin response (to name just a very

few).

Without appropriate physical activity, there is no

sense talking about regulating good health primarily

through diet.  Now activity+diet is wonderful, and

with regular exercise, the need to consume too much or

inappropriate foods is naturally curtailed.  I speak

as a sinner, and not as a saint.

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