Monthly Archives: November 2013
A meal low in saturated fat and abundant in fruits and veggies is ideal for managing your cholesterol levels. However, there are seven specific, cholesterol friendly foods that will improve your HDL and LDL cholesterol levels.
Drinking a glass of wine with dinner has been shown to raise good-cholesterol levels and lower the risk of a heart attack. Now, don’t go crazy and get wasted. One glass a day is all you need 🙂
Almonds help prevent LDL “bad” cholesterol from being oxidized. Oxidization damages the lining of the blood vessels, increasing cardiovascular risk. Almonds are great in a salad or as an afternoon snack.
The monounsaturated fats in avocados lower the “bad” LDL and raise the “good” HDL cholesterol. The MUFA’s (monounsaturated fatty acids) also help to burn off belly fat. For breakfast, I love to slice up half an avocado and mix it into about six egg-whites and throw in about 2 tablespoons of salsa. Makes for a nutritious start to the day.
Barley lowers your LDL cholesterol levels. It can be used as a substitute to rice, is great in soups and can be combined with dried fruits, nuts and a little oil and vinegar for a hearty salad.
5. Beans & Lentils
Another LDL lowering food. Can be used in soups, salads, and dips. Also great in burritos, lasagnas and casseroles.
High in antioxidants, blueberries help lower your LDL cholesterol. They can be eaten as a snack or sprinkled on cereals. I like to throw some into my protein shakes.
Oats help to increase your HDL cholesterol. Have some oat bran cereal or oatmeal for breakfast. Oat bran muffins make for a yummy treat too.
What are your favourite superfoods?