Low Cholesterol Foods – 5 Heart Healthy Foods!

One of the best ways to either lower your cholesterol levels, or stop them getting too high in the first place is to make sure that low cholesterol foods are an important part of your daily diet.

Your own body produces cholesterol, it is a fatty substance also known as a lipid. It is made in the liver and can be over-produced by the unhealthy fatty foods that we eat. Cholesterol is actually vital for our bodies to perform, however, too much cholesterol is very bad for us and is a common cause of heart attacks and can increase the risk of strokes.

So what are the top 5 low cholesterol foods that you should be eating to maintain healthy cholesterol levels?

Whole Grains

Foods that are high in soluble fibre can help to lower cholesterol and they are also low in fat. These are foods like oats, barley, pulses and some fruits.

Are You “Nuts”?

Nuts and seeds are a double-edged sword, if roasted in oils and covered in salt or even chocolate they are not good for you. But plain nuts and seeds are great. A good way of using these is to throw a handful into your soups, stews, pasta sauces and salads. They give great texture and are a wonderful way to get your children used to eating low cholesterol foods.

Fruit and Vegetables

No one needs to be convinced of the healthy, low fat low cholesterol properties of fruit and vegetables. It’s just important not to make the mistake of mixing them with dessert sauces and salad dressings that can be unwittingly added to them, negating all the goodness and actually putting them on the list of high cholesterol meals.

Go Fish!

Don’t be put off by ‘fatty’ fish. The fat in these types of fish is good fat. Salmon, tuna, trout, herring, sardines and mackerel are all fatty but they are great, as is most fish in general.

Meat is OK

If you like meat then that’s OK too. Low fat meat is fine. Did you know that pork without any fat on it is as low in cholesterol as cottage cheese?

Make sure when you do eat meat that you have plenty of unbuttered, sauce free vegetables with it.

Here’s a Thought

It is important to remember that how you prepare your low cholesterol foods is very important. Deep frying and adding rich fatty sauces is a no-no as you will just be adding the cholesterol back in.

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Source by Marie Nolan

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