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 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 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 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.