When your doctor issues the order that you need to stick to a low cholesterol diet or else suffer some pretty serious health risks, including diabetes and heart failure, it’s easy to think that your whole world is about to come to an end and that you’ll never be able to enjoy food again.
While it’s true that you’re going to have to make some change to your diet, and that may include giving up a few of your favorite foods, it doesn’t mean you're doomed to spend the rest of your life eating the same boring foods day in and day out. You just have to know which fun, tasty foods are good for your heart and for your soul.
1. Avocado Oil
For many people, the hardest part of starting a low cholesterol diet is giving up butter and virgin olive oil, two things that can contribute to LDL cholesterol. While you have to say goodbye to those food choices, you will quickly fall in love with avocado oil. This oil is created by using the pulp surrounding the pit. You won’t believe how much the taste resembles butter. The oil is an excellent source of antioxidant’s and vitamin E. You can use avocado oil the same way you once used olive oil.
Carrots aren’t something that gets struck from the diet when you have high cholesterol, you’re still free to eat them, but you’ll get more benefit from parsnips which taste fantastic when they're roasted. Not only do parsnips have a nutty, sweet flavor you’ll enjoy, they also have a lot of fiber, 60% more than carrots. This additional fiber help even out your cholesterol amounts and also helps you feel full longer so you won’t be compelled to sneak any contraband snacks. Parsnips are a good source of potassium, folate, and vitamins K and C.
3. Green Tea
You probably already know that green tea is good for you, but you might not know that it’s a great way to fight your high cholesterol. Each time you sip a cup of green tea like Fit Tea, you lower your cholesterol level. One cup of green tea triggers a 0.015 milli-mols per liter reduction in your cholesterol. It also increases your metabolic rate and helps you burn calories.
You know bananas are good for you, but it’s big brother, a fruit called plantain is better. It’s a great source of the potassium you need in order to keep your cardiovascular system pumping just the way it’s supposed to. You can use plantain in stews and smoothies or even saute it for curries. Some people love to eat grilled plantain.