Four Great Vegan Foods to Lower Your Cholesterol

Change Your Diet, Lower Cholesterol

Walnuts in the shell

High levels of cholesterol remains a problem for many Americans, even with advancements in prescription medicine. And if you’re healthy, and don’t want to resort to popping a pill before you’ve tried changing up your approach to eating, then you’ll be happy to know that your diet can impact your cholesterol levels, according to researchers.

High fat diet? High sugar diet? Not very into exercise? Those are among the first few things to change if you’re having health problems, especially unusually high cholesterol levels. Interested in restoring lipid health? Consensus opinion tends to point to high fiber, vegetable and plant-based foods as being at least part of the solution, especially when combined with regular exercise.

If you’re a vegetarian or a vegan, and you’ve already limited your intake of vegetable oils, then you’ve likely seen some improvement, or you’ve avoided problems with high cholesterol all together. But if you’re not, then what are the foods that you can begin to work into your diet to maximize your health, and lower your cholesterol levels?

Four Great Foods to Lower Your Cholesterol

1) Start with Apples. They contain: polyphenols, pectin, fiber. One or two pieces of the fruit in your daily intake, and that many apples should be enough. If you’ve heard about the health benefits of apple cider vinegar (ACV), then you already know that’s a decent substitute for eating raw fruits daily.

2) Throw in some walnuts next. They lower blood pressure as well as cholesterol, and more than 80% of the calories contained in the food are from healthy fats, good for your heart. Work on getting a handful into your daily diet: raw, slightly roasted, and organic, of course.

3) Eat your oatmeal in the morning! Foods like oats reduce levels of bad cholesterol (LDL), as their soluble fiber inhibits your bloodstream from absorbing the cholesterol. Work on introducing 1 1/2 cups of cooked oatmeal into your diet daily. Mix it up and avoid getting bored by using steel cut oats, or cold cereals containing oats and bran.

4) How about another small handful of hazelnuts? They’ll be sure to help out in the fight to protect your heart from disease. Natural vitamin E, and a host of other positive elements in hazelnuts work together to improve your cholesterol.

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