Diet

7 Tips To Add Cholesterol Lowering Spreads To Your Diet

7 Tips To Add Cholesterol Lowering Spreads To Your Diet

In recent years it has been discovered that plant sterols and stanols (phytosterols) can be an excellent way to naturally reduce LDL cholesterol.  The National Cholesterol Education Program (NCEP) advises that people who are trying to lower LDL cholesterol can see reductions of up to 10% by consuming 2-3 grams of phytosterols daily.  This is great news for people that do not want to rely on prescription medication or face the side effects of statins.

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How To Get Your Recommended Dosage Of Phytosterols

How To Get Your Recommended Dosage Of Phytosterols

The National Cholesterol Education Program (NCEP) recommends that 2-3 grams of plant sterols and stanols (phytosterols) should be consumed daily to lower LDL, which is the ‘bad’ cholesterol (NCEP).  The problem is that the program does not really give any recommendations in regards to how you are supposed to get that much phytosterols in your diet.  When you look through the foods that have the highest amount of phytosterols it becomes clear that it is nearly impossible to get 2-3 grams per day on a normal diet.

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Margarine Vs. Butter – Which Is Healthier For You?

Margarine Vs. Butter – Which Is Healthier For You?

A common question that comes up among people looking to improve their diet to lead a healthier life is whether butter or margarine is better for their health.  Butter and margarine are used very regularly in cooking and as condiments, so it is best to consider which to use instead of trying to cut them completely out of your diet.  It is important to be aware that when considering the health benefits of margarine versus butter it can get complicated because there are different varieties of each.  Not only that, but we have to define what ‘healthy’ means to determine which is healthiest.

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Lycopene Benefits Include Cholesterol Control

Lycopene Benefits Include Cholesterol Control

Lycopene is commonly known as the antioxidant that is readily found in tomatoes, though it is also found in other fruits and vegetables including watermelons, grapefruit, and papayas.  It belongs in a class of carotenoids called carotenes.  Through several studies, lycopene has been shown to help reduce the risk of prostate cancer and heart disease.  While not conclusive, there is growing evidence that lycopene benefits may also include cholesterol control.  

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Foods That Raise HDL Cholesterol Levels

Foods That Raise HDL Cholesterol Levels

Through our study of cholesterol it is clear that the main focus should be on the ‘bad’ cholesterol (LDL).  We gain the most benefit by learning how to reduce bad cholesterol as a high level of LDL is linked to an increased risk of coronary heart disease and atherosclerosis.  However, there is some indication that raising the amount of ‘good’ cholesterol (HDL) in your blood may help reduce your risk of heart disease.  It is thought that HDL helps to clean out cholesterol from your arteries, thus decreasing the amount of plaque that builds up.  It is because of this that many people are interested in foods that raise HDL cholesterol levels.

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Flaxseed Benefits Include LDL Cholesterol Reduction

Flaxseed Benefits Include LDL Cholesterol Reduction

Flaxseeds, or linseeds, are tiny seeds that have been used for cooking over thousands of years.  As the food we eat becomes more and more processed there is very little flax found in our diets so we are missing out on some important flaxseed benefits that are found in very few other types of food.  Recent studies have shown that these benefits include a drop in cholesterol levels and, even more important, a significant drop in bad cholesterol (LDL) levels.  This is on top of other benefits, including protection against cancer.

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Phytosterols Benefits Include Reduced Cholesterol Absorption

Phytosterols Benefits Include Reduced Cholesterol Absorption

For several decades it has been hypothesized that phytosterols benefits may include the lowering of cholesterol levels by preventing absorption within the body.  This may have just been proven in a recent study.  

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Is Almond Butter Good For You And Your Cholesterol Levels?

Is Almond Butter Good For You And Your Cholesterol Levels?

In a previous article we discussed the benefits of almonds and answered the question of ‘are almonds good for you?’  Most of the recent studies indicate that almonds are a great way to reduce LDL cholesterol because they are full of monounsaturated fats, Vitamin E and fiber.  Eating raw dry-roasted almonds every single day may get monotonous so many people want to have options to change their diet a little from day to day.  So the question now becomes, ‘is almond butter good for you?’  

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Nuts And Cholesterol Control – Is There A Link?

Nuts And Cholesterol Control – Is There A Link?

In a previous article we discussed the question – are almonds good for you?  It turns out that almonds may very well help control cholesterol as several studies show a link between the consumption of almonds and a drop in LDL cholesterol levels (bad cholesterol).  The question now is in regards to other nuts and cholesterol control.  Are other nuts besides almonds good at reducing bad cholesterol?  What are the best nuts to choose for a snack?  How do I incorporate nuts into my diet?

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Is Olive Oil Good For You? How Does It Affect Your Cholesterol?

Is Olive Oil Good For You?  How Does It Affect Your Cholesterol?

Years ago, there was a common idea that all fat was bad for you.  People were told that they should be on a very low-fat or even no fat diet.  However, over time it started becoming known through many studies that there are several types of dietary fat and not all of them are bad and one can even be considered good for you.  Since olive oil is a fat and is commonly used in cooking we all want to know, is olive oil good for you?  How much should you have and in what way does it affect your cholesterol levels?

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