4 Foods that Lower Cholesterol Levels in the Body
It is possible that the high cholesterol in your body was caused by your diet. Interestingly, adhering to a good diet can help you to control your numbers and avoid the many negative health implications of high cholesterol levels in your bloodstream. There are many foods that you can take to keep your cholesterol in check. In this post, I focus on four that are commonly available.
Nuts: there are various types of nuts that are good for the heart. The commonest of them include the peanuts. Walnuts, almonds, among others. Studies show that taking two ounces of nuts each day could help in lowering the low-density lipoprotein in your body, by about 5%. Nuts have additional heart health benefits.
Vegetable oils: using vegetable oils such as sunflower, canola, and safflower instead of butter or lard helps lower the cholesterol levels in the body. When using these vegetable oils, it is recommended that you shorten the cooking to preserve the nutrients and reap the optimal benefits.
Fruits: fruits are generally good for your health, as they contain antioxidants, vitamins and a wide range of other nutrients. The following fruits, however, have been shown to contain high levels of pectin – grapes, strawberries, apples and citrus fruits. Pectin is a form of soluble fiber, which checks the levels of low-density lipoproteins in the body.
Oats: oats have been documented as useful in improving the cholesterol numbers. It is recommended to take a bowl of oatmeal or any other oat-based cereal for breakfast. Make sure that you take meal is whole grain to get all the nutrients.
High levels of LDL are associated with an increased heart disease risk. Taking these foods can help you to keep your cholesterol levels under control and avoid the associated health risks.
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