After the recent Catalyst program on the ABC, there’s renewed interest in using food choices to help balance lipid levels.
So, I’ve put together a simple list of foods you might consider, each in their own special way, helping balance goof (HDL) and so-called “bad” or LDL cholesterol.
These food groups have been shown to affect cholesterol levels:
Two or three apples a day will lower total cholesterol, and lift HDL (good cholesterol).
- Artichokes lower blood sugar and total cholesterol.
- Bananas lower LDL (bad) cholesterol and raise HDH (good).
- Barley lowers total cholesterol.
- Beans (all types) lower blood sugar, lower LDL (bad) cholesterol, lower blood pressure.
- Beer lifts HDH (good) cholesterol (half a pint a day).
- Blueberries prevent cholesterol from interfering with blood vessel walls.
- Raw carrots lower total cholesterol.
- Chilli pepper lower total cholesterol.
- Chinese mushroom (shitake, oyster, enoki, tree ear) lowers total cholesterol.
- Coffee might lift total cholesterol in those who have more than six cups a day.
- Corn lowers total cholesterol.
- Eggplant protects arteries from cholesterol damage.
- Any high fibre intake will lower total cholesterol, especially beta-glucan.
- All fish products will lower total cholesterol, lower triglycerides, lower blood pressure, and lower LDL (bad) cholesterol.
- Garlic reduces blood pressure, cholesterol, and triglycerides.
- Grapefruit lifts HDL (good) cholesterol.
- Lemons , oats, onions, shellfish, spinach, yoghurt, wine, tea, strawberries, soybeans, olive oil all lower total cholesterol.
- Onions regulate blood sugar, lower total cholesterol, boosts HDH (good) cholesterol, at about half a cup a day.