6 Slimming Tips For A Healthy Heart
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Adults need at least 25-35g of fibre per day
Increasing the amount of soluble fibre in your diet is a great way to improve cholesterol levels. Fibre helps to clean out your body’s digestive system, and in doing so it pushes LDL (bad) cholesterol through the blood stream and eventually out of the body – it’s like an exfoliating scrub for your insides!
Foods rich in soluble fibre include dried beans, baked beans, lentils, chick peas, hummus, nuts, and seeds. Oat bran, rice bran, and barley are also a good source of fibre, as are fruits and vegetables.
Fruits and vegetables are full of good carbs that can help to lower your LDL cholesterol levels. Foods rich in healthy carbohydrates like fruits, vegetables and whole grains are also naturally low in calories. By consuming more of these foods you will eat less high-fat, high-cholesterol foods. These same foods are also high in fibre, which also lowers LDL cholesterol. Fruits and vegetables also contain vitamin E, vitamin C, beta-carotene and antioxidants, which help prevent cholesterol from moving out of the blood stream and into the lining of the blood vessels.Allan Borushek also recommends eating portion-controlled amounts of avocados. The fat in avocados, though high, is mainly monounsaturated and can help to lower blood cholesterol levels.
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