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Cholesterol: Debunked

Leah Rosin-PritchardComment

You CAN tackle high cholesterol, naturally!

Cholesterol and fat research have bounced back and forth throughout the last 30 years as to whether these macronutrients are evil or necessary, and how to maintain healthy blood levels. Harvard’s research says dietary cholesterol (how much cholesterol we eat) may have no effect on our total cholesterol in our body. Yet high cholesterol is still linked to cardiovascular disease and stroke, but your cholesterol levels could have nothing to do with how much you consume. Confused?  We feel you!

Your best bet is to continue to make conscious food choices** (what does conscious food choices mean? Ex: Fresh, plant based foods). If you’re concerned about your cholesterol levels here are some foods that naturally lower cholesterol and are recommended by the Mayo Clinic scientists and researchers!

1. Oatmeal, oat bran and high fiber foods – these high soluble fiber foods reduce the amount of cholesterol that our bodies absorb. Adding fruit to your morning oat meal is another easy way to add fiber to your diet as fruits and vegetables are naturally high in fiber as well.

2. Fish and Omega 3-fatty acids – Fish and high omega 3 food do not directly affect your cholesterol levels, but have other heart protecting benefits like lowering blood pressure.

3. Walnuts, almonds, and other nuts – A handful of nuts is an easy and fulfilling snack that improves blood cholesterol. Make sure they are not sugar or salt coated!

4. Avocados – This super food is high in MUFAS (monounsaturated fatty acids) and helps to lower cholesterol levels.

5. Olive oil – It is very easy to sauté vegetables and other foods with this high MUFA (heart healthy) containing oil!