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Posted by Royal Sundaram on 08 Feb 2016
Top foods to lower your cholesterol
The heart is one of the most vital organs that pumps fresh oxygenated blood to every cell in the body. Cholesterol consists of lipoproteins that aid in the formation of muscle tissue. Because the heart pumps blood all over the body, it is constantly under a lot of stress, especially the blood vessels that bring blood in and out of the heart. Although cholesterol is good in moderation (specifically HDL), the cholesterol that is not burnt (specially the LDL), is accumulated along the walls of your arteries. This eventually blocks the flow of blood to your heart walls. When this happens, you get a heart attack and we all know how fatal that can be.
So, is all cholesterol bad for you? No. You have Low Density Lipoprotiens that get clogged up in your blood vessels and give you a heart attack, and then there are High Density Lipoprotiens that are actually good for you, and reduce the effects of LDL Cholesterol. So how do you make sure you get more of the good cholesterol, and less of the bad cholesterol? By controlling your diet of course! We have compiled here, a list of foods that help you achieve this goal:
1. Stay away from the processed foods. Processed meats like bologna, sausage, pepperoni, hot dogs, and cold cuts, are loaded with high amounts of LDL. Other chemical laden factory foods such as biscuits, breakfast cereals white breads, etc. are choc-o-bloc with unhealthy LDL Cholesterol.
2. Nevertheless, that does not mean you have to stick to bland yucky food. When you cut down on the cholesterol, it does not mean the flavour of your food has to go for a toss. It may surprise you to know that many cholesterol-lowering foods are appealing and effortless to integrate into your daily meals without giving up on any flavour or fun. Don’t believe us? Check out the next item on our list.
3. Get your daily dose of chocolate! Yeah, the flavonoids and antioxidants found in cocoa help lower LDL levels. However, keep the factory made chocolate to a minimum since its high in saturated fat and sugar. If you are adventurous, however, you can use unsweetened, dark cocoa powder in your cooking to give it a tasty yet heart-healthy twist.
4. Many sea fish such as tuna & salmon are rich sources of omega-3 fatty acids, which cut triglycerides levels. Enjoy a wholesome weekly dose of fish; baked or grilled (do not fry it!).
5. Stock up on your cereals and grains! Brown rice, Oatmeal & Barley, have loads of soluble fibre, reduces the absorption of cholesterol into your bloodstream. If you are a fan of Chinese or Italian, then try switching out your regular noodles/pasta for the whole-grain, or switch white rice with brown rice. Give your morning breakfast a powerful kick-start, by adding high-fibre fruit like apples or bananas to your oatmeal.
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