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Foods That Raise Cholesterol—Plus a Few Surprising Foods That Don't!

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10 Foods That Lower Cholesterol

Submitted by admin on Sun, 05/13/2018 - 12:13

There's no magical food to keep your heart healthy, but there are a lot of foods that can help—including these foods that help lower your cholesterol. In addition to cutting back on foods that can raise total cholesterol and getting enough exercise, make sure to eat more of these foods that improve your cholesterol profile by raising "good" HDL and/or lowering "bad" LDL cholesterol. These foods include some old standbys, such as oatmeal and fruit, plus a few surprising foods that can help lower cholesterol to reduce your risk of heart attack and stroke.

Myths to Avoid When Eating a Low-Cholesterol Diet

If you're one of the 30 million American adults with high blood cholesterol, chances are you've talked with your doctor about how to lower it. Maybe you're working on making new and healthier food choices. That's great! Changing your diet can be a great way to reduce your risk of dying from a heart attack or heart disease. Just make sure you don't let old myths and misconceptions get in the way of your new heart-healthy plan. Here's a look at the facts—and the fiction—to help you start eating a low-cholesterol diet.

How Cheese Lover Bianca Acebron Peco Lowered Her Cholesterol

Submitted by admin on Mon, 10/03/2016 - 14:04
When Bianca ­Acebron Peco was told she'd have to drop her favorite food group, forever, she was devastated. "I'm a cheese-a-holic!" says the New Hampshire resident. Unfortunately, cheese and her other go-tos, ice cream and milk, are often high in saturated fat—something that people with high cholesterol may need to limit. And in 2011, at age 19, Bianca found out she had high cholesterol.

7-Day Heart-Healthy Meal Plan: 2,000 Calories

Submitted by admin on Mon, 09/26/2016 - 11:07

It has long been understood that a healthy diet and lifestyle are the best weapons to protect against heart disease. Research shows that eating healthfully, exercising more, maintaining a healthy weight and not smoking can help reduce heart disease-related deaths by 50 percent. Adopting heart-healthy eating habits just got easier with the help of this delicious 7-day, 2,000-calorie meal plan.

How to Improve Your Cholesterol Levels

Submitted by admin on Wed, 06/29/2016 - 10:28

One third of Americans have unhealthy cholesterol levels, so why did the most recent USDA dietary guidelines ax its advice to limit the cholesterol we eat daily? Well, for most of us, ­dietary cholesterol has almost no effect on the cholesterol that ends up in our arteries, meaning avoiding foods high in cholesterol like eggs or shrimp may not be necessary (except for some people with diabetes, who may be sensitive to dietary cholesterol).

5 New Things to Know About Cholesterol

Submitted by admin on Wed, 09/17/2014 - 09:29

For a long time, the connection between cholesterol and cardiovascular health was seemingly clear. Saturated fats, the guidelines said, led to heart disease.

Turns out this compound is way more complex than experts believed. And diet is only part of the picture with cholesterol: a recent study that compared high- and low-fat diets found that eating the low-fat diet didn’t have a significant impact on blood cholesterol levels, reported the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

5 Myths about Cholesterol

Submitted by admin on Tue, 10/09/2012 - 10:29

New information may change what you think you know about HDL and LDL cholesterol and heart health.

A study published recently in The Lancet stated that high HDL might not directly protect against disease. This was noteworthy because high HDL cholesterol is often touted as protective against heart disease, while high LDL cholesterol is linked to higher rates of heart disease.