5 Delicious Foods To Fight Cholesterol

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  • Soy 25 grams of soy protein per day is not much but it will do a world of good. You can enjoy soy in a number of ways. Soymilk, tofu, and even edamame are great additions to your overall diet for a variety of reason and eating the right amount of soy can help reduce the production of new cholesterol. However if you are at a higher risk than average of prostate or breast cancer, you may want to skip to the next item on the list because too much soy has been known to feed some types of hormone dependant tumors.
  • Red Wine Red wine has a number of advantages for the body along with being a delightful addition to enjoy with a meal or to compliment an engaging conversation. Wine contains falvanols which have anti-inflammatory properties. Another benefit is that flavanols have been shown to help lower cholesterol and lessen the risk of heart disease. Be sure not to abuse the daily recommendations of one drink a day for women and two for men. Flavanols can also be found in red grapes and dark chocolate.
  • Fish Consuming the “good” fats, otherwise known as omega-3 fatty acids, is one of the best ways to lower your cholesterol. The healthiest food that contains omegs-3’s is fish, in particular fatty fishes like halibut, tuna, and salmon. The daily recommendation is 1.5 to 3 grams per day of omega-3s. You don't need to eat fish every day, though. You can also take fish oil supplements that are available without a prescription at your local pharmacy.
  • Oatmeal Eating oatmeal is one of the best ways to lower your cholesterol. That's because of all of the soluble fibers this grain contains. Instead of allowing the cholesterol to form inside the body, the fibers flush it out of the system therefore preventing a buildup. No matter how you eat oatmeal, whether it’s the instant just-add-water packets or the slow cooked kind, you'll be fighting cholesterol.
  • Almonds Research has shown that by eating a quarter cup of almonds a day you can lower your cholesterol by up to 4% over time. These tasty nuts have the good kind of saturated fat called monounsaturated. Munching on almonds is better than eating low fat snacks such as pretzels. But be careful not to eat too many as almonds can be high in calories. Stick with small servings and choose almonds that are dry- roasted rather than saturated with oil.