Did you know that heart disease is the world’s leading cause of death? When people are known to have high cholesterol levels and high triglycerides, they are also linked to increased heart disease risk.
Here’s some foods that can lower cholesterol and improve other risk factors for heart disease:
• Legumes is a group of plant foods that includes beans, peas and lentils. Legumes contain a lot of fiber, minerals and protein. If you replace some refined grains and processed meats in your diet with legumes, you can lower your risk of heart disease.
• Avocados are an exceptionally nutrient-dense fruit that is a rich source of monounsaturated fats and fiber. These two nutrients help lower “bad” LDL and raise “good” HDL cholesterol.
• Nuts are another nutrient-dense food that are rich in cholesterol lowering fats and fiber as well as minerals linked to improving heart health.
• Fatty Fish, such as salmon and mackerel are excellent sources of omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3s improves heart health by increasing “good” HDL cholesterol and lowering inflammation and stroke risk.
• Whole grains are linked to a lower risk of heart disease by lowering “bad” LDL cholesterol.
• Fruits and berries can help lower cholesterol and improve heart health due to fiber and antioxidants.
• Vegetables are high in fiber and antioxidants, but low in calories which is necessary for maintaining a healthy weight and helps protect you against heart disease.
As you can see, it’s important to recognize that your diet has a powerful effect on your cholesterol and other risk factors. Since we know that high cholesterol levels are a major risk factor for heart disease, it is important to include these healthy foods into our diets daily.