We need cholesterol to help our brain, skin, and other organs grow and work the way they should. However, the liver makes cholesterol for the body, so to help keep cholesterol low, it is important to eat a healthy diet that is low in unsaturated fat.
- Having a bowl of oatmeal or oat-based cereal for breakfast is an easy first step to improving your cholesterol.
- Eat more barley and other whole grains.
- Nuts are rich in fibre, vegetable protein, healthy fats and vitamin E and could lower cholesterol by up to 5%.
- Cook with liquid vegetable oils such as sunflower, canola, safflower and others instead of butter or lard.
- Citrus fruits like Grapes, Apples and Strawberries are rich in pectin, a type of soluble fibre that helps lower LDL.
- Add a few slices of avocados to salads and sandwiches, or
mash with garlic, salsa and lemon juice for a great guacamole.
There are many other foods that lower cholesterol levels but these foods are a good place to start if you want to form eating habits that are healthy. Generally, stay away from unsaturated fats and eat more fibre, doing this will definitely help to reduce your cholesterol level.