About¬†One in four adults¬†have been told by their doctor that their cholesterol level is too high.
Reducing your cholesterol is one of the best things you can do to improve yourself.
By eating foods that reduce cholesterol¬†and avoiding those that raise it, you can lower your risk for coronary heart disease or other chronic illnesses.
Cholesterol (a waxy lipid) is found in the blood.
The liver is the main place where it’s synthesized.¬†Animals such as chickens, cows, and pigs can also make it.
When you consume meat or dairy, you are also consuming the cholesterol in those products.¬†Excess LDL cholesterol can cause artery blockages, which could lead to stroke and heart disease.
You may be consuming more saturated fats and cholesterol than you need if you eat a typical breakfast that includes bacon, eggs, sausage, milk, butter and other animal products.
You need to start eating healthier breakfasts that are low in saturated fats and cholesterol.¬†You’ll reduce your future risk of heart disease by taking action sooner.
Whole grains contain a lot of vitamins and minerals, as well as fiber.¬†They are unrefined, and retain their nutrients.
Whole Grain Options include:
- whole Wheat Bread
- brown Rice
Fiber-rich whole grains can also help¬†reduce your cholesterol levels¬†, by binding to it in the intestines.
Try almond milk in place of dairy milk.
It contains no cholesterol.¬†Low in saturated fats.¬†It’s also packed with heart healthy nutrients, like calcium, magnesium, vitamins D and E.
You can substitute any other plant-based milks such as soy, hemp, cashew, or cashew.¬†Check the labels to see if there are any added sugars or unhealthy ingredients.
You can also look for cheeses made from plant-based sources, as they are a healthier alternative to dairy-based ones.
Fruits and Vegetables
Cholesterol is only found in animal foods and not plants.
A healthy breakfast is a great way to lower cholesterol.
There are many tasty options available.¬†Find recipes that emphasize foods like:
Fruits and vegetables can be incorporated into breakfast in a variety of ways.¬†You can eat them alone or create a different combination every day.
If you start your day with a heart healthy breakfast, your cholesterol will be lower and your risk of developing heart disease reduced.