Naturally Combat Cholesterol with the Right Foods

Key Takeaways:

  • Consumption of foods rich in soluble fiber, such as oats, oat bran, and barley, can help regulate cholesterol levels in the body.
  • Introducing foods filled with polyunsaturated fats, including vegetable oils and some seeds, can contribute to a healthier lipid profile.
  • Plant-derived foods provide plant sterols and stanols which can assist in blocking cholesterol absorption.
  • While some high-cholesterol foods like shellfish and eggs require careful consideration, saturated fats from meat and dairy are not absolute no-go’s and may even be beneficial in certain aspects.
  • Trans fats are to be thoroughly avoided, even though they are being gradually taken off the market since 2018.

There are moments when, despite our best intentions and eating habits, genetics trumps all leading to the necessity of medication in managing cholesterol levels. However, some foods can contribute proactively to enhance your lipid profile. These can aid in reducing your low-density lipoprotein (LDL), or in layman’s terms – the bad cholesterol, and augment your high-density lipoprotein (HDL), the good cholesterol.

Catchy Soluble Fiber Choices

Commence your health journey by incorporating food rich in soluble fiber. This sort of fiber behaves like a magnet, attracting and regulating cholesterol within your system. Excellent sources include oats, oat bran, and barley. In addition, legumes, eggplant, and okra are beneficial. These foods tend to adopt other flavors in dishes, so don’t shy away from experimenting with recipes and indulging in a plethora of herbs and spices.

Fruits like apples, grapes, strawberries, and citrus fruits serve as suitable alternatives due to their content of pectin, a subtype of soluble fiber.

Embrace Polyunsaturated Fats

Next on the agenda are foods teeming with polyunsaturated fats. This category encompasses vegetable oils such as canola, sunflower, and safflower, as well as fatty fish like salmon – a trove of omega-3 fatty acids, and most varieties of seeds and nuts.

The Power of Plant-Based

Plant-derived foods also have elements called plant sterols and stanols, which assist in blocking the absorption of cholesterol. Notably effective sources are Brussel sprouts, wheat germ, and wheat bran, along peanuts, almonds, and olive, sesame, and canola oils.

Know Foods to Limit

Discuss your unique dietary constraints with a health professional – it’s not as black and white with high-cholesterol foods such as shellfish and eggs as previously assumed. The influence of the saturated fat in meat on cholesterol is still being investigated, but some studies suggest that full-fat yogurt, milk, and even cheese may be beneficial to your health.

Beware of Trans Fat

The sole type of fat to absolutely avoid is trans fat. The U.S. prohibited adding it to foods in 2018. However, due to extensions granted to certain manufacturers, some items containing it may be on store shelves until January 2021. Therefore, do ensure to read ingredients on any packaged foods you’re planning to purchase.

More Information

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has plenty of resources regarding cholesterol and maintaining a healthy heart.

Emma Caplan

Hola from sunny Costa Rica! I’m Emma Caplan, a California native turned Costa Rican resident. With over a decade of writing experience under my belt, I’ve crafted stories, articles, and narratives on a multitude of subjects. But at heart, health and lifestyle topics resonate the most with me.Not just a writer by profession, I'm an athlete by passion. CrossFit challenges and exhilarates me, shaping both my physical stamina and my perspective on life. I love intertwining my firsthand experiences from the box with my pieces, giving readers a unique blend of authenticity and expertise.Married and fully immersed in the pura vida lifestyle, I've found the perfect balance between my personal and professional life in this tropical paradise. Whether you're here for tips, insights, or stories, I’m committed to delivering content that informs, inspires, and perhaps even pushes you to try that one workout you've been hesitating to start.Join me in my journey as I explore the nexus between physical wellbeing and the art of writing. Let's sweat, learn, and grow together!
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