The human body is made to function well on a little cholesterol, but in the life of a trucker it`s hard for cholesterol not to rise because of the food on the road. Truckers are forced to eat what they can find in order not to waste time or do not find parking in places where they could buy healthy food.
Without a doubt, these habits are a big problem for many truck drivers, since excess cholesterol can stick to the walls of the arteries and consequently truckers can suffer from heart disease. Your GP will probably prescribe medications or indicate a more appropriate and healthy diet, such as playing sports regularly and maintaining control of your weight.
Having control of the amount of cholesterol in the blood through an exam is important, so you can avoid cardiovascular problems. How can truckers reduce their cholesterol through diet?
- Choosing to consume healthier fats: Consuming more lean meats, nuts, etc. Truckers should reduce and if possible eliminate saturated fats from their diet, such as red meat, dairy, fried, processed foods, and chocolates, which are very harmful to their health.
They should also avoid foods that contain trans-fat, such as potato chips, stick margarine, and crackers.
- Control the consumption of foods that contain cholesterol: They usually have animal origin such as organ meats, liver, shrimp, egg yolks, whole milk and its derivatives.
- Consume a lot of fiber, especially soluble fiber: This behavior will prevent the truck driver`s digestive system and body from absorbing cholesterol. Food`s rich in soluble fiber:
• Fruits: plums, oranges, pears, bananas and apples;
• Legumes: broad beans, chickpeas, lentils, beans
• Whole grain cereals: Oat bran or rolled oats
- Eat lots of vegetables and fruits: A diet rich in these foods increases the production of substances (plant sterols / stanols) that help reduce cholesterol.
- Eat fish that are rich in omega 3 fatty acids: This habit will promote the increase of good cholesterol in the blood (HDL). Plus, they can help prevent heart attacks and blood clots. Salmon, mackerel, and tuna are good options.
- Avoid the consumption of salt: Truckers should avoid adding more salt to their food or salad in this way will help reduce blood pressure problems.
- Do not consume alcohol due to the high level of calories they have.