Are you about to go to the grocery store? Are you already there, in need of some heart-healthy shopping recommendations? Well fear not, because this mega list will list all sorts of cholesterol-friendly foods you should make sure to pick up.
This list is by no means exhaustive, but it has enough cholesterol-lowering meal choices, snacks, spices and drinks to guide all different palates and be a great cheat sheet on the path to controlling your cholesterol.
If you stock your kitchen with a good variety of these foods, you can help lower your cholesterol naturally every time you take a bite. Incorporate some of these foods (like beans and grains, possibly using the Magic Bullet) into recipes you already have, and eat others (like fruits and nuts) straight as snacks between meals. These aren’t the only foods you should allow yourself, but you should aim to make them a majority of your diet.
There are currently 94 foods on the list, all of which have shown at least some LDL-lowering properties in laboratory research.
90+ foods that have been shown to lower “bad” cholesterol (LDL)
Black Pepper (although the piperine in black pepper has less-proven cholesterol-lowering effects than the capsaicin in chili peppers)
Coconut Oil (virgin coconut oil, specifically)
Corn Oil (may be even better than olive oil because of the increased phytosterols)
Flaxseed Oil (good vegetarian alternative to fish oil)
Margarine (with phytosterols)
Olive Oil (extra virgin olive oil is best)
Tea (green and black)
(Sources include: AARP, Harvard Health, Livestrong, The Mayo Clinic, Prevention.com, WebMD)
Make sure to let me know if I missed anything so this list can keep getting bigger!
I know I didn’t cover everything, but this should be a good start. With your help, we can get the number of foods on this list above 100, so make sure to share this with your friends who are in-the-know. Whether it’s a drink, a spice or a grain, anything that can help naturally lower LDL is more than welcome on this list.