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Fighting High Cholesterol With a Healthy Diet

Posted on 20. Nov, 2014 by in Wellness

With heart disease being the leading cause of death in the United States, many people are aware of how important it is to reduce their risk as much as possible. Thankfully, extensive research has been done which makes information about the causes and potential cures to heart disease well understood. Among the risk factors are high cholesterol, stress, having a sedentary lifestyle, and genetics. Some of those things are difficult or impossible to change, such as genetics. But many of the other risk factors are easier to change than people may realize. Fighting high cholesterol is one of the best things you can do to have a healthy heart. By cooking healthy meals at home, you can have a huge impact on both your cholesterol levels and overall heart health.

A total cholesterol score of 180 or less is considered beneficial; equally important is having target levels of HDL and LDL cholesterol. An easy way to remember the difference between them is to think H=healthy, and L=lower. Having higher levels of the healthy HDL and lower levels of the unhealthy LDL is highly important to heart health.

Eating a diet that increases HDL cholesterol means cooking with and consuming the right types of fats. It’s important to focus on eating more unsaturated fats, such as those found in nuts, fish, and certain types of oils, and eating less meat and dairy, which contain saturated fat. In addition, avoiding trans fats of any kind, found in most processed foods, will make a big difference in fighting high cholesterol. Adding more fiber to the diet can also have a big impact. One of the easiest ways to increase your fiber intake is incorporating more fruits and vegetables into your meals each day.

It’s clear that cooking healthy meals on a daily basis that contain more of the right ingredients, and less of the bad ingredients, will make a positive difference in your cardiac health. By knowing which foods are beneficial for your heart, and learning how to integrate them into the meals you make each day, you will be effectively fighting high cholesterol and greatly reducing your risk for heart disease.

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