Cholesterol Advice

Eat Foods That Help You to Reduce Cholesterol

Consumption of foods that are free of cholesterol is essential to prevent atherosclerosis and possible cardiovascular disease (CVD). Besides foods free of cholesterol, we should also include foods that help to reduce the level of cholesterol and triglycerides.

First, let us take a rudimentary look at cholesterol. An essential fatty substance found in the food that we eat and also produced by our body. Essentially it is of two types; HDL (high density lipoprotein) considered being good cholesterol and LDL (low density lipoprotein) or bad cholesterol.

One of the factors contributing to the risk of CVD is high levels of LDL and possible low levels of HDL. It is LDL that is primarily responsible for arterial plaque deposits. As a matter of fact, when we say controlling our cholesterol levels we are usually referring to lowering levels of LDL.

In order to control lower our cholesterol levels we need to eat healthy, exercise and remain free of anxiety.

Eating right implies not just eating foods that are free of cholesterol, but also eating foods that reduce cholesterol levels.

Foods free of cholesterol help you keep cholesterol levels under control. You should always avoid cholesterol rich foods such as red meat, eggs and dairy products. Following are examples of foods that are not just free of dietary cholesterol, but also help to reduce bad cholesterol.

* Vegetables such as Brussels sprouts and carrots that is rich in soluble and insoluble fiber.
* Oatmeal is also rich in soluble fiber and helps to reduce cholesterol.
* Fruits such as oranges and pears are also very useful in reducing cholesterol.
* Beans offer you a great source of soluble fiber and beans such as kidney and pinto beans are great  cholesterol free foods.
* Olive oil increases the levels of HDL or beneficial cholesterol
* Soy foods are also beneficial in helping to reduce cholesterol.