Why is salmon so healthy? Three words- err- two words and one number: Omega-3 fats. Omega-3 fats lower cholesterol, as well as benefit your body in about a million different ways. So grab the fishing pole, cause we're going to be eating salmon tonight!
The pumpkin: not just for those who are basic anymore! Compounds from the pumpkin can lower LDL cholesterol! So make yourself a delicious pumpkin smoothie (real pumpkin, not just pumpkin-spiced whatever)! You can find the recipe here.
Beans are very rich in soluble fiber, a fiber that lowers cholesterol. Eating a cup of beans everyday can lower your cholesterol by up to 10% in less than two months! Any type of beans work, but kidney, navy, pinto, black, chickpea and butter beans are particularly good.
And you know what happens after you eat beans, right? Yeah...you know.
Speaking of soluble fiber, oats are bursting with it. A cup and a half of oatmeal to start off your day will give you 6 grams of fiber, greatly reducing your LDL cholesterol levels. So listen to my man Wilford Brimley, and eat your oats!
Is there anything green tea CAN'T do? Green tea can have a significant effect on lowering your LDL cholesterol. Unfortunately, to get the best results, you need to drink 10 cups a day! So start brewing...you have got A LOT of work ahead of you.
Soy can actually lower cholesterol. The reason being is that it contains compounds called isoflavones which lower your LDL cholesterol levels. So eat your tofu, drink your soy milk, and have some soy nuts. 25 grams of soy protein per day should do the trick. Look, you're a hipster now!
An apple a day keep the cholesterol low! Not only do apples contain soluble fiber, they also have polyphenols, an antioxidant that can lower cholesterol. You can get the benefits of polyphenols from both apples and apple juice, but you're not a child so go for the real thing instead.
Yes, the beautiful, delicious avocado can actually lower your cholesterol! Avocados are high in monounsaturated fats, which are great for the heart, and avocados can help improve one's lipid profiles, which in turn can reduce LDL cholesterol levels. So bust out the guac, we're going to have a low cholesterol party!
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Yes, good old mommy juice can actually lower cholesterol! Alcohol raises HDL cholesterol (the good cholesterol) by 5-15 percent, and wine contains polyphenol antioxidants, which lower the LDL levels. Unfortunately for grigio lovers, only red wine has the polyphenol antioxidants, so it might be time to switch to cab.
Strawberries can be a sweet trick to lowering those LDL levels. Strawberries activate a protein in the body called “Nrf2”, which in turn lowers your cholesterol levels. But you're really gonna need to like strawberries for this to work. You need to eat two to three cups a day to reap all the benefits.
Sardines, much like salmon, contain omega-3 fatty acids. Also, due to their small size and vegetarian diet, there is much less risk for mercury poisoning. So open that can and start munching! Or, if you're not the biggest fan of plain sardines, try one of these delicious recipes!