Proper food choices are essential for lowering cholesterol. Doing so can reduce your levels without medication or enhance the effects of the cholesterol-lowering drug you take. Unfortunately, many of our favorite foods are typically on the “bad for you” list. And that’s the biggest challenge.
Salads containing high-fiber vegetables are great for lowering cholesterol – until you top them off. If you’re prone to adding high-carb croutons and high-fructose salad dressings to your salads, you’re getting nothing but empty calories and carbs. A great healthy food swap is walnuts for croutons.
Nuts recently made headlines when a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association showed that participants who ate them, along with other low-cholesterol choices, reduced their LDL cholesterol levels by 14 percent, a number comparable to taking statin drugs. And, when it comes to nuts, walnuts are a particularly heart-healthy food for low cholesterol because they’re rich in polyunsaturated fatty acids.