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 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 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 . 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 . Soybeans make a great snack, and tofu can replace meat in some of your favorite recipes.