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Diet Tips to Lower Cholesterol

By Tuesday, 07 January 2020 04:42 PM Current | Bio | Archive

There are actually a number of eating choices that fight unhealthy cholesterol without having to take a statin drug.

My book The Simple Heart Cure contains a largely plant-based diet that has helped many of my patients not only lower their cholesterol, but lose weight and reduce their blood pressure as well.

You can also eat oatmeal, which contains soluble fiber that helps you feel full and interferes with the digestion of cholesterol, allowing your body to excrete it. Oat bran and cold oat cereals do this too.

A study conducted a few years ago found that eating one serving of high fiber beans (or peas, chickpeas, or lentils) each day translated into a five-point dip in LDL cholesterol.

These foods, called legumes, also are low on the glycemic scale, meaning they won’t hike blood sugar and can be used instead of animal protein to make you feel full.

Like beans and oatmeal, apples are rich in soluble fiber, which means they help reduce cholesterol.

A study performed by University of Illinois researchers found that apples also reduce inflammation associated with heart disease. Evidence suggests that they may enhance the immune system as well.

One of the reasons the largely wheat-based American diet leads to such a high rate of obesity is the protein gluten that is found in all wheat products.

Gluten causes inflammation, a more dangerous heart disease driver than even cholesterol.

If you do eat wheat products, make sure they are whole grain. But stay away from multigrain products, which are no healthier than baked goods made with refined flour.

For a more spicy cholesterol fighter, dust your food with cinnamon. Pakistani researchers found that one-half tablespoon of cinnamon daily cut total cholesterol 26 percent. And if you sprinkle it over other beneficial foods, like oatmeal or apples, you’ll get a double dose of cholesterol-lowering power.

All tree nuts help reduce LDL cholesterol, but almonds are especially beneficial. A study found that they also boost HDL cholesterol while improving the way that the body eliminates fats from the body.

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