Top 10 Foods to Lower Cholesterol

A bad diet is a key cause of unhealthy cholesterol levels. But here are the top 10 foods to lower cholesterol.

Top 10 Foods to Lower Cholesterol

A bad diet is a key cause of unhealthy cholesterol levels. But here's the good news. Here are the top 10 foods to lower cholesterol.



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Avocados

Every kitchen should be stocked with ripe avocados. Why? They're chock-full of heart-healthy monounsaturated fats that help knock down bad LDL cholesterol and triglycerides while boosting healthy HDL cholesterol. Even better, you’ll love the fruit's (yep, it's a fruit) mild flavor and creamy texture. Mash avocado into guacamole, add slices to a sandwich, chop it up in a salad or -- for a tasty snack -- simply spread a little on whole-grain crackers with a tiny pinch of coarse sea salt.

Is This the Best Snack to Help You Maintain Your Weight Loss?

It could also help lower your heart rate and bad cholesterol.

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Nuts vs. Pretzels

UCLA researchers put 95 overweight or obese folks ages 30–68 on a diet that provided 500 calories less than needed to maintain their resting metabolic rate for 12 weeks, then maintenance for another 12. The diet included 1.5 ounces of mixed nuts for half the group and pretzels for the others (both "snacks" delivered the same amount of calories).

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