If you do not already know this, cholesterol is found in all animal products, and anything made with animal products. Meat, cheese, eggs, cookies with eggs, pasta that is smothered in cheese, wings-it’s there. Your doctor may have mentioned that your liver also produces cholesterol. This would give us a clue that the body must need some cholesterol. Your physician no doubt told you high cholesterol is usually caused by what a person eats.
After discussing your plans with your physician, consider adding walnuts and/or almonds to your daily menu. Raw walnuts and almonds are easy to add to any meal, and nuts can also be used as snacks. Nuts are easy to add to your breakfast cereal as well.
If you are not already eating oatmeal, add this to your day. If you do not care for oatmeal, add another oat bran cereal to the breakfast table several mornings each week. These cereals are high in soluble fiber, which can reduce your cholesterol. Adding fruit to your cereal can add plant phenols, and sterols, which are known to help reduce cholesterol levels.. Many cereal products can be added to muffin and cookie recipes, which gives you an easy way to enjoy what is good for you. This is also a good time to add some almonds or walnuts.
Eat salads with extra virgin olive oil. Eat salads with extra virgin olive oil two or three times a week. You get the benefits from the olive oil, which is thought to lower cholesterol, along with a few servings of vegetables.
While all fruits and vegetables are good for you, avocados may help you get some of the healthy fat you need. Add some avocado slices to a salad, or eat some plain.
Physicians may tell you to eat fatty fish to get omega-3 fatty acids in your diet. Many of us who do not eat fish use omega-3 supplements. Whatever you decide, keep your physician informed of changes you are making. Be sure to have your cholesterol checked often to keep track of your progress.