Orange Glazed Marmalade Turkey and Cholesterol Levels What's Dangerous?

Normal cholesterol levels and can be determined by looking at the following cholesterol level charts. You also see whether you are at your optimal goal or your relative risk level. These charts are based upon the recommendations of the National Cholesterol Education Program and the American Heart Association in combination with Web MD.

LDL Cholesterol

LDL (low-density lipoprotein) is known as "bad cholesterol." When there is too much LDL in the blood, it builds up on the inside of the blood vessels walls, making it more difficult for blood to flow freely. This increases the risk of hear disease and stroke.

Less than 100 Optimal Goal
100 - 129 Close to Optimal
130 - 159 Borderline High
160 - 189 High
190 or higher Very High

HDL Cholesterol

HDL (high-density lipoprotein) is also known as "good cholesterol". HDL helps clear LDL away from blood vessels walls, decreasing the risk of heart disease and stroke.

Less than 40High Risk
40 - 59 Close to Optimal
60 or Higher

Triglycerides (TG) are not the same thing as cholesterol. They are another type of fat often found in the body. TG are tested at the same time as cholesterol. Triglycerides make the blood more likely to clot. This can increase the risk of heart attack and stroke. TG can also lower the levels of HDL.

Less than 150 Optimal Goal
150 - 199 Borderline High
200 - 499 High
500 or Higher Very High

Total Cholesterol

Total cholesterol (TC) refers to the total amount of LDL, HDL, and VLDL added together.
Less than 200 Optimal Goal
200 - 239 Borderline High
240 or Higher

Healthy Foods that will lower Cholesterol:
Beans and Legumes
Brown Rice
Pumpkin and Pumpkin Seeds
Soy Products
Cholesterol-Lowering Margarines
Collard Greens
Dark Chocolate
Green Tea
Shitake Mushrooms

Orange Glazed MarmaladeTurkey, Carrots and Potatoes with Herbs

1.5 to 1.75 pound boneless turkey breast roast, skin and fat removed
2 teaspoons mixed dried herbs (mix a combination of any/all – rosemary, basil, parsley, tarragon, chives, thyme, sage)
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
3 tablespoons sugar-free orange marmalade
1 pound potatoes scrubbed and cut in to slices or cubes (can use any type of potatoes)
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
4 medium carrots, peeled and cut in to 1 inch sections, (you can also add broccoli, green beans whatever you like)

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.Spray a 9x13 inch casserole dish with cooking spray. Place turkey in the dish.In a small bowl, mix dry ingredients (herbs, salt, pepper, garlic powder). Rub half of mixture over the turkey.Spread marmalade over turkey.Stir potatoes, carrots and oil in to remaining herb mixture. Place vegetables in dish around the turkey. Bake for 1 hour.Remove from oven and let sit 5-10 minutes to allow juices to saturate through the foods.


Curt said…
It looks like I'm on the right track with my eating. Most of those healthy foods on your list are my favorites, and ones that I eat often!
Cookin' Canuck said…
Great information here about cholesterol, something we all need to be conscious of. The marmalade glaze on the turkey sounds like a wonderful way to make the bird extra special for the big day.
Becky said…
I got my cholesterol down from 226 to 194 in three months, by eating eating oatmeal everyday for breakfast, riding my exercise bike, and cutting way back on the "bad carbs', white bread, sugar, starchy vegetables., and only eating whole grains. No meds! Not easy to do if you love to bake, but I did it.
Claudia said…
The glaze is perfect. Love orange with turkey anyway. Interesting info - there's more research out that hasn't been published - but your listing of foods are delicious and easy to incorporate. Gotta run - time for my oatmeal.
Kiri W. said…
Awesome looking glaze! :) And I love your info posts on this blog :)
TinaRBK said…
I have a risk of high cholesterol by heredity. However, my mom does have a high HDL which is good because it works to cancel out the bad cholesterol. Luckily I have retained that trait.
Thanks for the helpful info here. Also the marmalade glaze does make for a complimentary condiment to turkey-well done. Have a great day Claudia!
Jennifer said…
Hmm, good recipe and an interesting post! Reducing sugar and refined carbs lowers triglycerides. When I first when low-carb, my triglycerides were 49.

Becky's story about oatmeal reducing her cholesterol dramatically and also cutting back on refined carbs is amazing! I'm glad my gluten-free bake mix contains oat flour and almond flour (heart healthy too) and coconut flour (fiber is heart healthy and coconut oil is particularly good for one despite the bias from years ago). Coconut oil speeds the metabolism and keeps yeast at bay. If one has Candida, it's next to impossible to lose weight.
Cucina49 said…
This is always a good reminder at this time of year--my husband is skinny and very active, but still has high cholesterol--what we eat matters.
Unknown said…
Thanks for this great infer on cholesterol - I think it's all very confusing to many people but you have made it so clear!
briarrose said… the looks of that glaze. Very tasty.
Chaya said…
I learn something new, each time, I visit. I also get good recipes.

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