When eating red meat or fatty foods, a signal is sent to your gallbladder to release bile. Bile is produced in your liver and stored in your gallbladder until you eat, and is then secreted into your small intestines to digest the fat in your food.
After the digestion of food, the byproducts of stomach bile, including cholesterol, are either recycled or eliminated from your body.
As a source of cholesterol, bile has an impact on blood cholesterol levels. If bile isn’t reabsorbed properly, it can accumulate in your colon causing cholesterol levels to rise.
Ways to prevent this is to eat high soluble fiber foods.
By eating an apple, orange, or broccoli when you eat red meat will allow the fiber from the fruit or vegetable to bind with your bile once it is released from your gallbladder. This allows the proper re-absorption or elimination to take place and may help lower blood cholesterol levels.
Sources of soluble fiber foods:
- Sweet potato
- Flax seeds
- Oat bran