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A Good Heart: 5 Foods To Help Cholesterol Levels

A couple of weeks ago my better half got the results of an annual physical exam and happily everything was tickety boo regarding his general health.  The doctor did however advise him to be more vigilant about what he eats as he gets older. He was talking about food intake in relation to a) healthy cholesterol levels and reducing the risk of heart disease and b) weight control overall. I thought this was good advice and I’ve been thinking about what he said and how food can help with improving your total cholesterol profile.

 

Here are 5 really healthy foods that help improve your total cholesterol levels and reduce the risk of heart disease naturally:

Pulses

Several studies have linked pulses like beans, lentils, and chickpeas to cholesterol reduction. Pulses can be used in a variety of ways, from adding them to soups and stews, to blending them into dips and as a bulking agent to smoothies.

Avocado

Avocado has been shown to reduce LDL levels (bad cholesterol) whilst improving HDL levels (good cholesterol) so it’s very useful for the cholesterol profile as a whole.

Almonds

Almonds are great for increasing HDL levels.  They’re such a great snacking item and can be sprinkled on oatmeal, tossed into salads, added to smoothies and almond flour can also be used as a substitute for regular flour.

Oats

Oats are a well-known cholesterol-lowering superfood. Oats can be used to make oatmeal, added to smoothies as well as in healthy baking recipes.

Green tea

A good food for lowering LDL without also lowering HDL.  In addition to sipping hot or iced green tea, you can use it in your meals. Use chilled green as the liquid in smoothies or marinades. Season warmed tea as a base for soups, or use it to steam brown rice or veggies.

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