5 Foods To Help Manage Your Cholesterol

Cholesterol and Foods

Eggs are finally out of the dietary doghouse – and it’s about time! Not only are eggs versatile and pretty darn tasty, the cholesterol-rich yolk that everyone avoids is full of other beneficial nutrients. In fact, the cholesterol we consume may support cardiovascular health.

Instead of worrying about dietary cholesterol, your heart health focus should be on maintaining your cholesterol levels already within the normal range. Certain foods, mostly of the fruit and veggie variety, are especially good at balancing your cholesterol.

*Eat these five colourful foods for maintaining healthy cholesterol – and better health, all around: *

Blueberries – These deeply hued gems are one of the highest sources of antioxidants, which is good news for heart health. Blueberries are particularly helpful in promoting healthy circulation.*

Tomatoes – Lycopene, a nutrient found in tomatoes, helps manage cholesterol levels. And good news for sauce lovers; cooked tomatoes contain more lycopene.

Carrots – These root veggies get their name from carotenoids, phytonutrients that scavenge free radicals and protect blood vessels *

Avocadoes – Maintaining healthy cholesterol isn’t just about antioxidant protection. Choose healthy unsaturated fats over saturated and (especially) trans fats – just one avocado a day can have a significant impact.

Oats – The combo of soluble and insoluble fibre in these wholesome breakfast standbys helps your body get rid of the excess cholesterol which is present in food, thanks to beta glucan. The beta glucan in oats absorbs cholesterol in the digestive tract to be easily excreted.

It turns out that we’re much better off adding healthy foods than restrict supposedly unhealthy foods – though science still comes down on the side of moderation there. So eat a vibrant rainbow of fruits and veggies, and stay tuned for more nutrition tips from the Natural Factors team!

* This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Whitehead, A., Beck, E.J., Tosh, S., Wolever, T.M. (2014) Cholesterol-lowering effects of oat β-glucan: a meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials. Am J Clin Nutr, 100(6) 1413-1421.