Now what do we know about cholesterol? Now cholesterol is our friend and it can be a foe. Cholesterol is found in every cell in the body and is very important. However, the problem comes in when the levels in the body gets too high. When the levels get too high we put ourselves at risk for a heart attack. Since cholesterol is an oil-based substance and does not mix with the blood, it is carried around in the blood by lipoproteins. There are two types of lipoproteins: LDL (bad cholesterol) and HDL (good cholesterol).
In this article we will talk about some foods that can help lower the bad cholesterol. Below are some foods that help lower LDL:
Dark Chocolate: If eaten in moderation, dark chocolate can be good for lowering LDL. The flavonoids act as antioxidants for the body. Dark unsweetened cocoa powder works well too.
Avocado: Avocado is a healthy fat and it is really good. Avocado provides oleic acid which helps lower LDL in the bloodstream. Now I just became a fan of avocado when it is not used a guacamole. I use it because of the health benefits. One way I use it is putting it in my smoothies to give them some texture. I make a drink out of it called a spris. I usually do mango and avocado. Also, avocado oil is good too!
Nuts: I love nuts and I always have. Almonds, pistachios and walnuts are high in fatty acids so they will help lower the LDL. You can eat them as snacks or sprinkle on your salad. Now many grocery stores carry almonds that a thinly sliced so they go well with a salad. Make sure you read the recommended daily allowance for nuts when you purchase them.
Whole Grains: Barley, brown rice and oatmeal are good for lowering cholesterol. I grew up on brown rice and oatmeal. Because of the soluble fiber, these grains have been proven to lower the bad cholesterol by reducing the absorption of cholesterol in the blood stream.
Olive Oil: Olive oil is a plant-based fat and not an animal fat. You can use olive oil in your salads; you can sprinkle some on your baked fish; such as salmon which is another food that helps with LDL. I also use it when I may sautéed my kale greens with spinach or cooking my greens.
Fruits and Veggies: You can’t go wrong with your fruits and veggies. Some fruits have pectin which is a fiber in it which is good for lowering cholesterol. Berries are high in fiber too. Veggies are high in fiber and low in calories. Any type of veggie will give you fiber and nutrients that is healthy for you.
This information does not take place of your doctors orders.