Hey Girls. So if you already know you life a pretty balanced life and have a healthy diet your chances of having high cholesterol are quite slim. But if you want to go that one step further, try to incorperate this great foods in your diet to keep a healthy, balanced cholesterol level.
I love these little guys, I eat a small handful everyday. A fave of Jessica Alba's her nutritionist gives them to her because they are full of good fats and they are said to lower your cholesterol by 4.4 percent. So chow down on a quarter of a cup a day, but make sure you stick to dry rather than roasted in oil.
Great for a winter breakfast. A daily serve of this goopy goodness can dramatically lower your cholesterol. And how? Well oatmeal contains a little something called soluble fiber. Soluble fiber binds to the bile acids that are the precursor to the development of cholesterol and help flush it out. And guess what? It doesn't matter if you're eating the smooth, creamy oats your grandma make for you or the ones you make two minutes before you leave for work. Just eat them!
Okay this one isn't very hard. Fish is pretty much great for everything, it is known as one of the top brain foods out there and the omega 3 fatty acids are widely considered the best fat out there. So try to eat as much salmon, halibut and tuna as you can.
4. Red Wine-
I usually sit down with one every Sunday night, it helps keep my nerves down and relieves alot of my stress. A glass of red wine contains flavanols which has been proven to have anti-inflammatory agents. Put simply it will help you lower your cholesterol and and stave off heart disease. But slow down ladies. Less is more. The recommendation is one glass per day (for us women) and for men two. More than that will, literally, dilute any potential benefits. These flavanols can also be found in red grape juice and dark cocoa.
I am a total soy freak! Anything soy... Soybeans, soy nuts, tofu, soy milk. I love it all. And you should too. Soy can help to reduce the production of new cholesterol and a little can go a long way—aim for about 25 grams of soy protein a day (the amount in a cup of edamame). And those who are at an increased risk of breast or prostate cancer may want to skip it since too much of soy’s phyto-estrogens can act similarly to the body’s own estrogen (which has been shown to feed some hormone-dependent tumors).