Everything you ever wanted to know about nutrition and dieting, but never asked

HDL, the good cholesterol, plays an important role in our body - it removes the unused cholesterol to the liver and gets rid of it from our body. The ratio of bad cholesterol, LDL to HDL determines a person's risk of heart and vascular diseases. In recent years studies hve shown that olive oil, and other unsaturated fat diets (tahini, avocado, almonds) have helped lower a person's LDL level while keeping HDL levels where they should be. Another way to lower cholesterol is to exercise 3 times a week for half an hour. My advice to you is to schedule an appointment with the dietician who can help you plan menus for your husband, which would suit his age and weight.
It's too bad that you didn't state any personal details such as age and health status. Coffee is a popular drink and heavy coffee drinkers develop a dependency on it. Many studies that have been conducted about coffee are inconclusive regarding coffee's effect on cardiac and vascular diseases. However, caffeine's effect on a person's blood pressure is well known (especially among the elderly). We also know that caffeine increases the release of calcium in the blood, so people with low calcium levels should avoid drinking coffee. The accepted recommendation is not to drink more than 3 cups.
Calcium is an important mineral that our body needs in order to have healthy and strong bones and teeth. Most of the calcium-rich foods are dairy products, but drinking chocolate milk probably won't provide your son with the daily amount he needs. You should use calcium-enriched milk when making chocolate milk for your son. Calcium is also found in cabbage, spinach, celery, soy beans, nuts, almonds, sesame and sardines (with the bones).
The constipation, diarrhea and all-around discomfort while digesting milk products is known to many people who suffer from lactose-intolerance. This intolerance is caused by a decrease in the lactase activity, an enzyme responsible for breaking down lactose to its components. Lactose that hasn't been broken down cannot be absorbed and is passed into the intestines, causing a build-up of fluids. These fluids then travel quickly through the large intestines, becoming diarrhea. The intestinal bacteria dissolves and breaks down the lactose, a process which is accompanied by lots of gas and discomfort. Technological developments have helped us get over this intolerance - cottage cheeses that are low-lactose, milk that has been through fermentation and cheeses which are acidified to the point where there is almost no lactose left. There are also a number of pills that help break down the lactose. These pills can be taken at the beginning of a dairy meal. Dairy products are important because they are a rich source of calcium.
For your husband's height, he should weigh in the range of 64-70 kilograms, so he needs to lose 8 kilograms, at least. Today we know that the distribution of fat is important too. Fat which is concentrated in the thigh area is called 'pear shaped' obesity, and is more typical of women. This type of obesity has a lower mortality rate than fat concentrated in the abdominal area 'apple-shaped'. Abdominal obesity is typically found among men and carries a higher risk of heart disease. A clinical dietician can help you prepare menus and food plans for your husband's weight loss.
It may seem like breastfeeding is old-fashioned and unnecessary, but even with all the advances in technology, none of the manufactured formula can replace breastmilk. Many studies show that breastmilk can help prevent diseases and infections. Breastmilk also has antigens that pass from the mother to the child, these antigens are not found in manufactured formulas. My answer to you is - breastfeed your child, because breastmilk is the most natural food for your baby.
You didn't say anything about your state of health or your eating habits. In general, I can tell you that constiption is a common phenomenon in the modern world, usually as a result of poor eating habits. Today, people tend to eat foods that lack dietary fibers, don't exercise or drink enough. For a healthy person, these are the main causes of constipation. People who suffer from constipation do not change their lifestyle habits, instead they look for quick fix and use laxatives. Almost all laxatives will help a person overcome constipation at first, but over time, your bowels will not be able to function without them, you will need higher doses and your constipation will get worse. My advise to you is to make an appointment with a gastroenterologist to make sure that you have no other underlying causes. Afterwards, make an appointment with a dietician to help make a food plan rich with dietary fibers. Meanwhile, you should drink 12-15 cups a day and make sure to have dietary fiber-rich foods like whole grains, brown rice, fruits and vegetables.