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Beware, Post-Eid Food Consumption Can Trigger Cholesterol Increase

It's been 2 weeks since Eid Al-Fitr. After passing through the month of Ramadan with healthy food consumption behavior, what about food consumption behavior during Eid Al-Fitr and after?

Eid al-Fitr is synonymous with coconut milk foods such as curry, opor, ketupat, or rendang. Don't forget sweet and fresh drinks such as syrup or fruit cocktail. Usually the food is cooked in large quantities for the preparation of guests who come and warm it if it is not finished. But did you know that this is something to watch out for and should not be done?

Heating food over and over again needs to be avoided because it can lead to several negative things. First, it can reduce the nutritional content of food. This is because exposure to heat that is too high, long, and repeatedly destroys nutrients such as vitamins, enzymes, and folic acid. Second, Eid al-Fitr food with coconut milk will contain a lot of saturated fat which contains high cholesterol levels when heated repeatedly. This will obviously increase levels of bad cholesterol or low-density-lippoproteins (LDL). In addition, the thicker the coconut milk content in food, the more salt it contains. High LDL and salt in the blood can cause fat to build up in the blood vessels and potentially block blood flow to the heart and brain. This condition can increase the risk of heart disease and stroke.

In order to avoid these health risks, it is best not to repeatedly heat food, especially foods with coconut milk. In addition, it is also recommended to consume coconut milk food along with fresh vegetables and fruit.

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