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Foods That Lower Cholesterol


 

Have you recently visited the doctor and he or she gave you a warning light that your cholesterol is starting to climb. Did you know that there are specific foods that can help you lower your cholesterol and (hopefully) keep get you healthy and keep you off of those meds! Check it out:

 

Cholesterol-Lowering Foods

1. Oyster Mushrooms

Oyster mushrooms are great for stir frys and sautees. They also contain something called  lovastatin, which helps to  lower cholesterol and triglyceride levels in the blood. Oyster mushrooms also contain something that help eliminate cholesterol from the body. So cook some up for your next stir fry or pasta!

2. Nuts

Nuts, specifically walnuts and almonds, naturally reduce cholesterol. Add about a handful to your salads each day and your good to go!  Be careful, though, you don’t want to overdo nuts as they can be high in fat and also cause digestive issues for some people. If you stick to a handful each day, you’ll stay within the good cholesterol guidelines.

3. Foods High in Soluble Fiber

Soluble fiber helps you eliminate waste from the body. Foods that are high in soluble fiber include old-fashioned oats, beans (including baked beans and black beans), chickpea hummus, split pea soup, lentil soup, okra, barley  and more.

4. Soy

Believe it or not, soy actually reduces your body’s ability to produce cholesterol. When some people hear “soy” they immediately think tofu. However, there are other great ways to add soy to your diet. Try soy milk instead of regular milk in your oatmeal, or use edamame as a snack instead of potato chips. And, who knows? You might even find that you want to try tofu instead of meat in some of your dishes!

 

 

This post is informational only. Please consult with your health care provider for health and nutrition needs.

 

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Along with being a contributor to PrimeParentsClub.com, Jacqueline Wilson is: Appalachia Advocate~Supporter of Women~Writer~Accidental Pit Bull Advocate. Founder and executive director of Monkey Do Project and co-author of 50 Shades of Frayed: What Happens When 'I Do' Becomes 'Not Tonight': A Humorous Mompilation.