Just starting on your cholesterol journey? Let me give you some advice for the easiest possible way to make your diet start working for you. Get rid of all other cooking oils you own and go buy some extra virgin olive oil.
I know what you’re thinking: extra virgin olive oil isn’t cheap. Yes, it’s a bit more expensive than, say, canola oil, but you can get a big bottle that will last you weeks to months for about $10, if you’re lucky. You should also use just enough oil to thinly cover the whole pan and no more, which will help you limit your oil consumption and save you money by using less. You can also use your olive oil as an easy pasta sauce, giving you a quick, cholesterol-friendly, go-to meal.
Olive oil is your best friend if you’re trying to control your cholesterol levels, since it may actually lower “bad” cholesterol (LDL) without lowering “good” cholesterol (HDL). By only cooking with olive oil (as long as you don’t go over 2 teaspoons a day), you can very passively eat just a bit healthier. On top of all that, it’s pretty tasty.
You can help your cholesterol levels by changing your diet and leading a more active lifestyle (translation: exercising), and switching to olive oil is just a start. The point is, it’s something you can do right now to commit to a healthier lifestyle. Once you’ve made olive oil the centerpiece of your personal cuisine, come back to Control My Cholesterol for some more active lifestyle changes you can make.