The food that brings water to our mouth is not good for us health-wise. It is easy to eat fried and sugary foods, but when it comes to getting rid of the cholesterol that gets build after consuming those foods, it is next to impossible.
Pizzas, burgers, hotdogs, donuts, pasta and all those foods that you like eating even if you had a full meal a few minutes ago. If you make the right selection in terms of what you eat, then you can bring down the high level of cholesterol and the armada of fats running through your bloodstream.
In your body, there are two types of cholesterols, LDL and HDL. You need to have a low level of LDL cholesterol (also known as bad cholesterol) and have a high level of HDL cholesterol (also known as good cholesterol).
If there are foods that increase LDL or bad cholesterol, then there are also those foods that put bad cholesterol under control and improves good cholesterol or HDL. Let us discuss what those foods are.
Oats: When it comes to fighting off bad cholesterol, then oats are very helpful. Oats contain a decent amount of soluble fiber, which is good for health. Chop your favorite fruits like bananas, grapes, and strawberries using Chicago cutlery knife and add into the oats for a better taste. You can also have alternatives to oats such as oat bran, barley, and other whole grains, as they also contain a good amount of soluble fiber.
Beans, Eggplant, and Okra: This is a vegetable that is quite rich in soluble fiber. Moreover, beans are digested at a slow pace, thus making you feel full for a longer period. You can have any beans, whether kidney beans, navy beans, black-eyed peas, lentils, and garbanzos. Eggplant and okra are also very helpful in bringing bad cholesterol down as these are low-calorie vegetables that also contain soluble fiber.
Vegetable oils: If you are using good vegetable oils such as sunflower oil, canola oil, rice bran oil or safflower oil in place of lard or butter, then your bad cholesterol will stay under control.
Fruits and nuts: Apples, strawberries, grapes and various types of citrus fruits are known for their effectiveness in lowering LDL cholesterol. These fruits are also rich in pectin, which is a type of soluble fiber. Besides fruits, you should have almonds, peanuts, walnuts and other nuts as these are good for your cardiovascular health. Having two ounces of nuts every day is going to keep your bad cholesterol under control.
Soy: Everybody is talking about soy and how good it is for your health. Well, they are not wrong at all. Soy is indeed good for health, and you can have soy in the form of tofu and soy milk. If you are able to consume 25 grams of soy protein every day, then you can bring the LDL cholesterol down by 5-6 percent.
Fish oil is also effective in reducing LDL cholesterol, but the reason I didn’t mention it is simply because vegetarians won’t take this option. Those who could consume fish oil should buy it from a local grocery store. Fish oil capsules are also available on the market, so people can get those capsules from any pharmacy store.
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