While your diet can raise your cholesterol to dangerous levels, it can also lower it. “There are certain foods that improve the quality of the fats in your bloodstream,” says Clifford R. Talbert Jr., MD, FACC, interventional cardiologist, Saint Francis Medical Partner. “These foods lower the amount of low-density lipoprotein, LDL or ‘bad’ cholesterol, in your body, which improves your health.”The following foods are good additions to your diet:
Fish – Fish has high levels of omega-3 fatty acids, which reduce your risk of developing blood clots that can lead to heart attack and stroke.
Oatmeal and beans – These foods contain soluble fiber, which lowers your LDL level and helps you feel full for a longer time after a meal.
Nuts – Nuts lower your LDL and have other nutrients that protect your heart.
Apples, grapes, strawberries and citrus fruits – All these fruits are high in soluble fiber.
For more information, talk with your primary care provider or call 573-331-3000.