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How to Lower Cholesterol-Diet

We all like to eat a certain kinds of food not taking into consideration the effect it has on our cholesterol level and in turn on our heart. By adding a few things and eliminating others from your diet can play a huge role in lowering your cholesterol level.

  • Limit unhealthy fats: Limiting the amount of saturated and Trans fats you eat is an important step to reduce your blood cholesterol and lower your risk of coronary artery disease. Elevated blood cholesterol level can lead to a buildup of plaques in your arteries which increases your risk of heart attack and stroke. Unhealthy fats include saturated fat from meat and dairy and Trans fat from margarines, shortening, breads, cakes and French fries.
  • Including Healthy Fats: Differentiating between healthy fats and unhealthy fats and avoiding the unhealthy ones from is an integral part of a heart healthy diet. Healthy fats include fatty acids from olive oil, avocado, nuts and vegetable oil and omega-3 fatty acids. Increasing intake of omega-3 fatty acids helps in reducing cholesterol and the risk of heart disease.
  • Include fiber: Soluble fibers are found in foods, such as fruit, vegetables, grains and legumes which help in reducing cholesterol levels and heart disease. Soluble fibers also reduce blood pressure and inflammation within blood vessels.
  • Limit Cholesterol: Limit foods like meats, eggs, dairy and other animal-based products that contain high amounts of cholesterol in them.