Cholesterol has a bad reputation, but the truth is that the soft, waxy substance is important for your health. Your body makes it to build and repair cell walls, produce hormones, and aid digestion. Heart-health problems may crop up, however, when there’s too much bad LDL cholesterol and not enough good HDL cholesterol in your body.Snack on nuts. Drizzle a little olive oil on your salad. Dine on salmon. Have a little chocolate—guilt-free! These eating strategies (and more) can help reduce your cravings for high cholesterol foods and lower “bad-guy” LDLs, maintain “good-guy” HDLs, AND help you reduce your risk of heart attack and stroke.
What follows are Prevention’s choices for the healthiest foods that lower cholesterol. If you’re already eating plenty of them, keep up the good work. If not, begin adding them into your diet today.
1.Soy: The Smart, Delicious Alternative
2.Beans: The High Fiber Solution
3.Salmon: Amazing Heart-Friendly Fat