If you have unhealthy cholesterol levels or want to prevent high cholesterol, one of the first things you should examine is your diet. Are you eating foods that lower cholesterol levels and avoiding the ones that cause unhealthy cholesterol levels to creep higher? If not, we’ve got 10 cholesterol lowering foods you should grab next time you’re at the grocery store and add them to your meal planning.
Oatmeal, oat bran and high-fibre foods
Many research studies have proven the benefits of oatmeal in lowering cholesterol levels. The US Food and Drug Administration is convinced about the benefits of oatmeal because it was one of the first foods to carry the heart healthy distinction on its label because of promising research findings.
Oatmeal seems to be most effective in lowering LDL cholesterol (“bad” cholesterol) levels. According to studies in adults, oatmeal may reduce LDL cholesterol by 10 percent in some cases. In these studies, anywhere between 40 and 60 grams or roughly one bowl of oatmeal was consumed by each subject per day. The cholesterol-lowering benefits of oatmeal is also amount-dependent. That is, the more oatmeal you eat the more your cholesterol will drop.
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