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Q: What Can I Eat to Help Lower my Blood Cholesterol?

Q: What Can I Eat to Help Lower my Blood Cholesterol?

Culinary Nutritionist Natalia Hancock discusses how to maintain a healthy level of blood cholesterol and reduce cholesterol intake.

Having high cholesterol increases the risk of heart disease and heart attacks, and can be controlled by medications or by a change in lifestyle. Your diet, in addition to exercise, can play a major role in maintaining healthy blood cholesterol levels. Increasing your intake of cholesterol-lowering foods while limiting those foods that negatively impact blood cholesterol levels are measures you can take to do this.

Soluble fiber can help reduce your low-density lipoprotein (LDL) or “bad cholesterol” by slowing down the absorption rate of cholesterol in your body. Foods like apples, prunes, kidney beans or steel-cut oatmeal are great sources of soluble fiber.

Eating fish two or three times a week can lower LDL in two ways: by replacing meat, which has LDL-boosting saturated fats, and by delivering LDL-lowering omega-3 fats. Fish high in Omega 3s are: salmon, anchovies, bluefin tuna, sardines and trout.

Nuts are also recommended to improve heart health as they are high in polyunsaturated fats. The FDA suggests that consuming a handful of nuts a day may help reduce the risk of heart disease. You can make healthy choices by choosing nuts that haven’t been coated with sugar, honey or salt.

Avoid trans-fats, which are found in many processed foods and may appear on an ingredient list as either “hydrogenated” or “partially hydrogenated oil”. I would advise limiting your intake of all saturated fats, which can be found in cream, cheese, butter, red meat, palm and coconut oils. And make sure you're cooking with plant-based oils like olive oil rather than butter and cream!

For more information on healthy eating and nutritional advice, visit our Nutrition 101 blog.

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