Cholesterol nowadays become a celebrity... of sickness. It shoot not only to elderly but also youngster to whom love eating processed and junk food. Should we worry about that? Yes, we are.

Cholesterol is a substance our liver can produce. It's needed to build vitamin D, cell walls, hormones and help us to digest fat. Cholesterol is a type of lipid, together with protein (become lipoprotein) cholesterol is traveling to every parts of our body through bloodstream.

There is 2 type of cholesterol :
  • High-Density Lipoprotein (HDL), well known as good cholesterol
  • Low-Density Lipoprotein (LDL), known as bad cholesterol. When LDL is high it will hardening arteries and decrease blood flow, which put the risk of having heart attack or having stroke.
What cause high in LDL?
How to control LDL?
Keep in mind on your eating habit, that we serve our body not our tongue.

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Was so happy to know my blogger friend Fida Abbot want to share her award to me, thanks a lot for this cute award.

Rules for the award:
Put the award in a post when you receive it.
Name and link to the blogger who gave you the award in the post.
Write the reason why you love to blog.
Pass the award on to other bloggers that you know.
Name and link to your recipients in the post.
Let your recipients know that the award was passed on to them.

The reason why I love to blog:
Is because I can have new friends through blogging, I can learn and share altogether good things I know with my blogger friend- could be as a reminder or just knowledge.
That's it for now.

Than I’d like to pass to my blogger friends...
Dorothy L
Raj
Karumbu
Katie_bug
Shiro
Gazafi Saif
Gab’s mom
Tripzibit
Flying Low
Piter

Fat is an essential nutrient to our body. It absorbs and store vitamins A, D, E, K and carotene. Fat is also provides energies to our activity, biggest calories than carbo and protein. But you need to keep balance between calories consumed with physical activity you do. If you consume more calories than you use through physically activity, you will gain weight.

Toddlers and kids need fat in certain amount for brain and nerve system development, they can get it through whole fat milk.

Both animal and plant food is producing different types of fat, they are:

Saturated Fat
Found in animal product such in meat, the skin, poultry and high-fat dairy product like butter, full cream milk, cheese, coconut milk, vegetables oils, and used cooking oil. A diet high saturated fat may increase the risk of heart attack and raise your blood cholesterol level.

Unsaturated Fat, is divided by:

Monounsaturated Fat

Is the healthiest fat, these are found in plant foods such grape seeds, cashew, almond, avocado, sesame, pumpkin and hazelnuts.
Consume these foods may lower risk of heart disease, lower the cholesterol level, as protection against colon and breast cancer and as anti-oxidant.

Polyunsaturated Fat

This fat is high in calories, but it has essential oil like Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acid. Omega 3 can be found in fishes oil and seafood, known for lowering the risk of heart attack, breast cancer and Omega 6 can be found in safflower oil, sunflower oil, corn and soybean oil. A diet high in omega 6 can lower risk of cardiovascular disease, but also can be a trigger for asthma as it contribute to allergies.

Trans Fat
or Hydrogenated Fat
Is solid oil, and margarine/butter-substitute in foods manufacture. Nothing is good about this fat, the benefits are oppositely with others. This fats is found in ready made foods such baked food, snacks, sticks margarine, and fried foods.

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Fruit and vegetables are loaded with vitamins A, B, C and E, and mineral such as manganese, calcium, potassium and iron. Fruits and vegetables are also contain phytochemicals (beneficial plant substance) that help to strengthen body's immune system. Vegetables is also lowering the risk of heart disease, cancer (by 30%) and stroke. Fruits and vegetables with their fibre can lower blood cholesterol and promotes healthy bowel functions.

Variety of vegetables serve us variety of nutrients as well. Dark green vegetables are rich in calcium, folate and iron. And brightly colourful vegetables have more nutrients, neutralizing free radicals and help to fight cancer.

What is Phytochemicals?


Phytochemical is plant chemical, produced naturally by vegetables to protect against bacterias, viruses and fungus. Studies shown that phytochemical can prevent our body from cancer, stroke and heart disease.
Phytochemical can be found in:
  1. Carotenoids, found in carrot, crude palm oil and apricot.
  2. Flavonoids, found in apples, onions, Brussels sprout, green and black tea, citrus fruits, tomato, red grapes, onions & berrys family.
  3. Indoles, found in cabbage and broccoli.

How to store fruits and vegetables?


Leafy green should be consume soon after buy, because it spoil faster due to water content.
Vegetables should be store away from fruits, because ethylene produced by ripe fruit can turn vegetables to yellow.
Store banana and root vegetables in cool-dry place but not in refrigerator.
Frozen vegetables like diced carrot, peas, shredded corn can be stored for months in freezer.

How to preparing?
  • Prepare just before consume.
  • Rinse thoroughly under running water to remove dirt, bacteria and chemical.
  • Cut after rinse and minimize cutting to reduce nutrient loss.
How to cook?
  • Do not overcooked
  • Cook quickly to prevent nutrient loss
  • Use less oil to prevent vitamins diluted into oil.

New MRT facilities can be enjoyed by its passengers in Singapore, now in every door equipped with route display panel as a train direction, the red blinking light shows which station we are now (so, no more self question ... 'where are we now? What station is this?) and yellow light shows the train route.
This changing is really helpful because the train direction is a bit confusing me sometimes, especially when you are in Dhoby Ghaut (read in Indonesia : 'Dobi Got') or City Hall station with lots of train tunnel. And it is refreshing my eyes with it's fancy look, even though it is a bit costly i guess ... of course, with that much train operation everyday in this island wide, in each door installed this route panel display, just imagine how much money government spent for this fresh look in this monetary crisis. That is what common point of view, but if we take a look from other angle that we-our self also need to pamper our self with any (costless if possible) thing we can afford. This blinking route display panel for me is something like costless eyes refresher, give me better view rather than looking at strange looking face.
Anyhow, this is my suggestion to my blogger fellow to take train and buses when you are here, not only it is earth friendly but you also can save more money because you don't have to pay ERP (Electronic Road Pricing) cost that getting higher nowadays (taxi fare exclude).

Dongchimi is known as winter kimchi. It is consist of Daikon (white radishes) as main ingredient, carrot and pear as optional. The way it's made almost as same as Yeolmu kimchi, we just need to coated radishes in salt and sugar mixture for one day in the room temperature, it will leave salty and sweet taste to the radishes. Repeat soaking with new water, sugar and salt together with other ingredients and sauce, fermented for about 1-2 days until vinegary flavour has risen. Store in the refrigerator with self life about 1 week.
It is nice to be served cool.

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Yeolmu or young summer radishes is popular vegetables made into kimchi in the summer. The main ingredient of this kimchi is yeolmu. Yeolmu kimchi to be ferment in the paste liquid that can be made by salt, fish sauce, sugar, water and flour as water thickener, brinned fish can be added to replace fish sauce. After the paste is cool add yeolmu together with garlic, ginger, onion, green and red bell pepper. Keep in the refrigerator after couple of days fermentation in the room temperature. Served cool.

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Bok Choi ingredient is bok choi, jalapeno pepper, red bell pepper (known as paprika), scallion and toasted sesame seeds, with additional fish sauce, ground apple; onion and pear into the sauce. Bok choi kimchi is nice to be enjoyed fresh without fermentation, and can be kept refrigerated up to 2 days.


Oi Kimchi is known as Cucumber Kimchi. With cucumbers as the main ingredient and additional chopped carrot and Korean Radish in the sauce, Oi Kimchi can be eaten right away after 1 hour fermentation or 24 hours for best fermentation result. Oi kimchi don't need closed jar for fermentation, just put in a bowl and leave it open at room temperature. Keep it in the refrigerator after fermentation and it will last for 1 week.

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http://www.flickr.com/photos/maangchi



This beautiful award i received from BitterSweet Life, thank you so much ... it's so lovely. Salamat sa award, mare ...
And here is the message of the award:

"To receive this award your blog must be exceptional in design and content; presenting us with new knowledge, a sense of style, or at times giving us a smile!
Each recipient of this award must acknowledge the person who honored them with the award and then go to http://www.overthetopaprons.blogspot.com to copy/paste the award: Your Blog is Over the Top".

Now I'm passing this award to the following Over the Top bloggers that I know:

Kkadugi Kimchi known as Radish Kimchi is the easiest recipe for kimchi. With Korean Radishes and scallion as the main ingredients Kkakdugi is the easiest recipe for kimchi, just mixed well ingredients with sauce then put in the jar and close the lid tightly for fermenting process at room temperature for 36 hours. Kkakdugi can be eaten right away when desired and must put in the refrigerator after opened, it can be kept for 4weeks.

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