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Monday, September 2, 2013

3 types of food that lower cholesterol

 Soluble fiber

Soluble fiber can be found in oats, beans, barley, prunes, bananas and many other fruits. They limit the absorption of cholesterol in the bloodstream, and thereby reduce its overall level in the body. The daily recommended intake of fiber is 5-10 grams. About a cup and a half of oatmeal contains about six grams.



 Nuts
Nuts contain polyunsaturated fatty acids, which also limit the high level of cholesterol in the body. Walnuts, almonds, hazelnuts, peanuts and some pine nuts may help you a lot. Nuts, in particular, are known that support the healthy blood vessels. Research has shown that even a handful of nuts can reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases. Avoid salted or candied nuts, eat them raw. Do not overdo it, because they contain a lot of calories.


 Omega-3 fatty acids
Omega-3 fatty acids, found in certain types of fish are considered to be the best option in the fight against cholesterol by many. The risk of blood clots and high blood pressure is usually reduced by the consumption of these fatty acids. We recommend at least 2 meals of fish a week. Highest levels of omega-3 fatty acids are found in the following species: mackerel, trout, herring, sardines, salmon and halibut.


Baking is the best option for the preparation, in order to avoid additional saturated fat and get healthy food. Those who do not like fish can acquire omega-3 fatty acids from flaxseed oil or as a dietary supplement capsules.

Unless you are at serious risk of heart disease, or have high cholesterol levels, the overall change in your diet may be too extreme. You can make enough swapping "bad" foods for "good" when you know how to differentiate them. For example, you can use nuts in your salad instead of meat and cheese. Replace the steak with smoked salmon for some time, you will not regret it.