3 Easy Tips to Maintain a Healthy Cholesterol Level
Eat at home: If you think that eating at a restaurant is a better choice than fast food, you’ve got it all wrong. Restaurant and fast food meals are usually equally packed with unnecessary carbs, salt, fat and calories. By choosing to stay in, you can cut out nasty stuff like trans fats, and be more aware about the fuel you put in the gas tank.
Cut the smokes: Sorry to throw cold water on your much-needed smoke break, but tobacco use is a risk factor for heart disease, as it reduces the level of your good cholesterol (HDL). But there’s good news! Once you quit, your HDL levels will start to rise after just a few weeks.
Look for plant sterols: If you’ve never heard of plant sterols, they occur naturally in small amounts in a ton of good food (see below). Since our bodies can’t get enough from food alone, foods in Canada can be fortified with plant sterols, which help lower your bad cholesterol called LDL.
Foods with naturally occurring high plant sterols:
- Whole wheat
- Brown rice
- Almonds, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds
- Cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, apples, avocados, tomato, blueberries
- Vegetable oils like sesame, canola and olive oil