That bowl of oatmeal every morning may be doing more than just filling you up. Doctors are finding out that the foods you eat may have more of an impact on cholesterol levels than once thought. More and more physicians are becoming less likely to prescribe cholesterol lowering medication and more likely to recommend diet modifications.
Cholesterol is the fat found in a person’s blood. It is a waxy substance that if developed excessively, may result in an increased risk for heart disease. High cholesterol is treatable and can be changed. Through diet modification and the incorporation of healthy foods, a healthy cholesterol level can be achieved.
Below are the top foods that lower your cholesterol and help to get your body back in working order:
1. Raw oats
Raw oats are high in fiber and work to lower your cholesterol level. Low-density lipoprotein or LDL is considered the body’s bad cholesterol, while high-density lipoprotein or HDL is considered good cholesterol. Oatmeal contains soluble fiber which lowers the bad cholesterol that is found in the bloodstream.
Eating just 10 grams of soluble fiber each day can lower a person’s cholesterol in the blood while preventing heart disease and other related issues.
2. Raw nuts and seeds
Raw nuts and seeds are full of polyunsaturated fats that are good at keeping the blood vessels clean and healthy. Raw walnuts, almonds and seeds are a good source of the right kind of fats that work to reduce high blood cholesterol. Nutritionists recommend daily sources of raw nuts to include up to 1.5 ounces. This ratio is just a small handful each day, as nuts can be high in calories.
Healthy nut and seed options include raw almonds, pecans, pine nuts, hazelnuts, unsalted peanuts, pistachios, pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds. All have been found to reduce heart disease if eaten in appropriate amounts consistently over time.
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