Natural Lower Cholesterol Foods
High cholesterol is in fact the most common cause of chronic disease and is particularly related to cardiovascular diseases.
Before going any further it must be stated cholesterol is not all that bad and some cholesterol is needed in the system for good health. The “low” in low cholesterol really means an absence of bad or ldl cholesterol. Ldl means low-density lipoproteins. This substance has to be absorbed by certain foods or flushed out of the system so hence the reason for low cholesterol foods which can carry out this function.
To achieve success in the battle for lower cholesterol, you not only have to change what you eat, you must also change your lifestyle. Changing what you eat means eliminating foods that are high in saturated fats and trans-fats. Saturated fats and trans-fats are substances full of high cholesterol. Examples of foods full of saturated fats and trans-fats are most meats, most whole milk dairy products, some fish and many types of cooking oils. Changing one’s lifestyle involves the elimination of such bad habits as smoking, excessive alcoholic consumption and an overly sedentary life routine.
The sedentary lifestyle can be overcome by adopting a more active daily routine. This will make the cardiovascular system more robust and healthy and includes walking, jogging, biking, swimming, etc. These should be engaged in at least three times per week for a duration of 45 minutes.
Eating cholesterol lowering foods is very simple. Just consume those that are provided by Nature and you would be spot on. These foods are the common fruits and vegetables, whole grains, ground nuts, peas, beans and ground provisions.
Fruits are good sources of fiber, vitamins and carbohydrates. The vitamin C in fruit make the arterial walls of the blood vessels strong. Vegetables are also good sources of fiber, minerals and vitamins and they also have the ability to mop up or absorb and eliminate bad cholesterol from the system. Whole grains also mop up and absorb bad cholesterol as well as provide significant vitamins and minerals for the body.
Ground nuts are a high source of protein, energy, omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins and minerals. Ground nuts can also aid in any weight reduction program. The nuts that are effective in this regard are cashews, almonds, macadamia, walnuts and pecans. Peas and beans also provide protein, fiber and good cholesterol. Ground provision are a great source of fiber and energy.
So to summarize in a practical way what your approach to a lower cholesterol diet should be:-
i) Increase your intake of fibrous foods. The greater the amount of fiber the better as this flushes out toxins and excess bad cholesterol. This means consumption of more whole grain foods, fruits and vegetables.
ii) Decrease considerably your intake of red meat. Avoid beef which is particularly high in bad cholesterol.
iii) Decrease your intake of processed animal fats which include dairy products – butter, cheese and cream. These are also high in saturated fats and trans-fats.
iv) Increase your intake of foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids such as almonds, pistachios, walnuts and fish such as tuna, mackerel, salmon and herring.
v) Finally a more active lifestyle including a daily exercise program as well as the elimination of smoking and excessive alcoholic consumption is necessary.
Finally, a few words on prescription drugs which have assumed great prominence today. These have been known to have very unpleasant side effects and as a result are losing their popularity. Certain natural super-foods can now be consumed which provide equal effectiveness but with no side effects. These should be explored before using medication.
As with any new dietary or exercise advice, you should consult with your doctor before proceeding.