Discover an important kind of foods which help lower the level of the harmful cholesterol in the blood and protect your heart. It is no secret that it is possible to bring down the cholesterol level through dieting only without taking any medicine.
Oatmeal, linseeds and other whole grain products
- Oatmeal contains digestible fibers that reduce low-density lipoproteins (bad cholesterol). It reduces cholesterol absorption in the intestinal tract.
- Linseeds have high fiber and omega 3 fat acids content that helps lower the cholesterol level in the blood.
- Any whole grains are a good source of fibers and other essential nutrients which play an important role in controlling blood pressure and heart health. Besides, plants contain sterols – substances that pair with cholesterol, inhibit its absorption and contribute to its quicker removal from the body. Sterols in their natural form are found in any grain, beans and seeds.
But you may be thinking that these grains are hardly eatable due to their coarseness and poor taste. There is a simple way off adding whole grains to your diet; you can grind the grains in a coffee grinder or a kitchen combine and mix them into yoghurt, apple puree or hot porridge.
At the same time it is advisable to reduce the intake of saturated fats and hydrogenated fats.
Hydrogenated fats are used in cookies, crackers, cakes, pies, margarine and mayo.
Almost all premade foods also contain dangerous hydrogenated fats. They are especially harmful for your cholesterol level as they increase the amount of low-density lipoproteins and the level of “bad” cholesterol and reduce high-density lipoproteins and the level of “good” cholesterol. You should try to cut down on hydrogenated fats in your diet as much as you can.