Find out what you can eat to help lower your cholesterol.
We hear a lot about cholesterol when it comes to health, especially health in aging adults. What is it exactly? Cholesterol is a waxy, fat-like substance that occurs naturally in all parts of the body. When you have too much of it in your blood, it can actually clog your arteries and lead to health problems including heart disease and heart attack. If you’re trying to lower your cholesterol or reduce your risk for heart disease, try these great foods for lowering cholesterol.
- Whole grains. Whole grains are key when it comes to a heart healthy diet. Ask your doctor or nutritionist for help when it comes to reading labels and identifying true whole grains in the foods you eat.
- Beans. When you add beans to your diet, watch your sodium intake. Try making them at home so you know exactly what’s going into them.
- Avocados. While fattening, avocados contain what is considered good fat. Try them on a sandwich instead of meat for a healthier alternative.
- Raw almonds. Avoid salty or sugared almonds and try eating raw almonds. You can eat them on a nonfat yogurt or in your cereal in the morning with nonfat milk or almond milk.
- Blueberries and pomegranates. These darkly colored fruits contain antioxidants that can boost your heart health. Try them on a healthy salad of dark, leafy greens like spinach and kale.
- Sardines. Don’t be put off by these tasty little fish. Try adding these nutrient-rich fish to a savory pasta sauce if they don’t make a delicious snack. If you do love them, eat up!
What about alcohol? According to the American Heart Association, there is no scientific proof that drinking wine or any other alcoholic beverage can replace a healthy diet and exercise when it comes to lowering cholesterol.
If you have more questions about cardiac care, or you want to make an appointment to check your cholesterol level, call our free Consult-A-Nurse® line at 1-888-741-5120. You can also visit The Heart Institute webpage to learn more about heart health.