For those of you who were like me and only thought Cheerios would help your cholesterol, listen up.
If you’re worried about your cholesterol levels, the best kind of meal to have is one low in saturated-fat and high in fruits and vegetables.
Okay, so there are no magic foods to help get rid of bad cholesterol (LDL), but there are some that will lead you a step in the right direction:
It has been researched that there are substances in almond skins that help prevent LDL from being oxidized, which is a process that can otherwise damage the lining of blood vessels and increase cardiovascular risk.
Try sprinkling some almonds over your cereal or salad. You can even have them as an afternoon snack.
LR loves avocados! Aside from that, the monounsaturated fats in avocados have been found to lower LDL and raise HDL. This is especially good for people who have mildly elevated cholesterol.
Try slicing some avocado and adding it to your sandwich or salad. Avocados are also the main ingredient in most guacamole. Yum!
Avocados are also a great source of fiber!
LDL cholesterol levels fell more than twice as far when the USDA study added barley to the standard American Heart Association diet.
Try substituting barley in for rice to add depth to your soup. It’s also a great addition combined with fruits, nuts, and a little oil for a hearty salad.
4. Beans & Lentils
Adding more beans and lentils to your diet has been said to lower LDL levels twice as far as well.
Try experimenting by adding beans to your soup or salad. Many people tuck them into burritos or casseroles.
Blueberries are known to contain a powerful antioxidant called pterostilbene that may help lower LDL cholesterol…plus they are just delicious.
This fruit is ideal to munch on throughout the day. You can also add them to your yogurt or cereal.
Oat bran is said to boot the HDL levels in your body so adding it to your diet will only benefit you.
Try eating a bowl of oatmeal with your favorite fruit or an oat bran muffin for an added dose to start your day.
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