Crestor® (rosuvastatin calcium)

Eating a Healthy Diet
Eating a Healthy Diet
Cholesterol-lowering Foods

Cholesterol-lowering Foods

The Fanciful Feats of Eating Fruits and Fiber

The stories you’ve heard are true. Some foods can actually help lower your cholesterol. Talk about welcome news when managing your cholesterol levels and trying to slow (glossary term)plaque buildup in your arteries. And we’re talking about regular, everyday stuff here. In fact, you’ve probably got at least one of these cholesterol-lowering foods at home right now.

With that said, here’s a simple guide to four types of food that just may be your new best friends. Take advantage of them at mealtimes and snack times. They’re on your side and they’re pulling for you.

Soluble Fiber: Fruits like oranges, pears, and apples; vegetables like Brussels sprouts and carrots; dried peas, beans, grains, and oatmeal are all good sources of soluble fiber. Adding 5 to 10 grams of soluble fiber per day may help lower your (glossary term)bad (LDL) cholesterol by up to 5%. Start with an apple or a half a cup of oatmeal—each contains 1 gram of soluble fiber.

Plant Stanols and Sterols: Yes, we know we said we were talking about regular, everyday foods. Don’t worry, some easily found margarine products and salad dressings contain (glossary term)stanols and sterols. What are they? Substances from pine-tree oils and soybeans that have been shown to work with your body to help lower cholesterol levels.

Soy Protein: Early studies show that soy protein foods like tofu, soybeans, and soy milk may help lower your total cholesterol and LDL cholesterol levels. Use them to replace the foods in your diet that are high in (glossary term)saturated fat. Soybeans make a great snack, and tofu can replace meat in some of your favorite recipes.

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Plaque is the fatty deposits and other cells that can build up in the walls of your arteries. One major cause is high levels of LDL (bad) cholesterol. Other health factors, such as a family history of early heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, cigarette smoking, and being obese, can also play a role.
LDL is a lipoprotein that carries cholesterol throughout the bloodstream as LDL cholesterol, or LDL-C. If you have too much LDL-C circulating in your bloodstream, it can lead to plaque buildup in your arteries. That's why it's so important to talk to your doctor. As a rule, you want to keep your LDL-C low.
Stanols and sterols
Stanols and sterols are chemicals present in certain plants that have been shown to help reduce high cholesterol. They may be found as ingredients in certain margarines and salad dressings that claim to lower cholesterol.
Saturated fat
Saturated fats are usually found in animal products, including fatty meat and dairy products, and are usually solid at room temperature. However, they are also found in some vegetable oils, including coconut and palm oils.