5 Foods That Can Help Lower Your Cholesterol

5 Foods That Can Help Lower Your Cholesterol

High blood cholesterol is a very serious, and a very common problem for many people today.  If you do happen to have high cholesterol, then it is essential that you make some healthy lifestyle changes to help lower that cholesterol. In addition to getting plenty of exercise, you can also make changes to your diet and start introducing foods that will help lower your bad cholesterol and help keep your heart healthy.

  1. Fish- Fish is a great food for anyone with high cholesterol, as certain fish are filled with high levels of omega-3 fatty acids. This will help reduce triglycerides (a type of bad fat in the blood) and reduce blood pressure. The best fish for lowering cholesterol is mackerel, herring, salmon, tuna and trout.

What to avoid: Baked and grilled fish are great for lowering cholesterol, but deep-fried fish will do more harm than good.

  1. Oatmeal- A nice bowl of oatmeal can be part of a balanced breakfast and a great way to start lowering your cholesterol every morning. Oatmeal is filled with soluble fiber which reduces “bad” cholesterol. Fiber is great for controlling cholesterol, so add some fresh fruit to your oatmeal like berries or bananas to really double down.

What to avoid: Avoid oatmeal made with syrup and brown sugar. This can have the opposite effect on your cholesterol and do more harm to your cholesterol levels than good.

  1. Avocados- Avocados are one of the best foods out there for anyone with heart or cholesterol issues. Add an avocado a day to your diet to help control LDL cholesterol levels in the body.

What to avoid: Avoid eating avocados or guacamole with high-fat corn chips—those are not good for your cholesterol.  Instead enjoy guacamole with cucumber slices or fresh-cut peppers.

  1. Brussel Sprouts- Brussel sprouts are filled with soluble fiber and are a great veggie to enjoy with any meal. The soluble fiber will reduce the LDL or bad cholesterol in the body.

What to avoid: Brussel sprouts are all the rage in restaurants right now, just make sure that when you order, you aren’t getting brussels sprouts covered in sugary sauces, syrup or bacon. Those things are not good for your cholesterol.

  1. Olive Oil- Replace other oils and butter with olive oil. It is a healthy fat that can help you control your bad cholesterol levels.  It is easy to cook with and you can even use it as a healthy dressing on your salads.

What to avoid: Not all oils are good oils. Vegetable oil and canola oil are going to have a negative impact on your cholesterol and should be avoided when possible.

If you have any questions about your cholesterol and easy ways to lower your cholesterol through your diet, give Continuum Internal Medicine a call at 817-617-8650 to schedule an appointment today.

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