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How to Eat Foods That Reduce Cholesterol

Keeping your cholesterol in check is key to living a healthy, happy life. The best way is to eat foods that help keep your cholesterol under control.


  • Step 1: Get a cholesterol level test Get a cholesterol level test from a medical professional to learn if your "bad" and "good" cholesterol levels are balanced at medically acceptable levels.
  • Step 2: Eat food with soluble fiber Eat food containing soluble fiber such as whole grain bread and pasta, beans, and soy products. Soluble fiber helps move cholesterol through the intestines.
  • Step 3: Eat mostly unsaturated fats Eat mostly "good" or unsaturated fats found in nuts and avocados -- or cook with vegetable oils like olive, canola, and corn oil.
  • Step 4: Avoid saturated fats Avoid saturated fats. Most ingested cholesterol comes from animal and dairy products. Select lean meat with minimal visible fat. Drink nonfat milk.
  • TIP: Consider going vegan, which means giving up all animals products, including meat, fish, eggs, and dairy. Many people have seen their cholesterol levels drop after going vegan.
  • Step 5: Get food recommendations Get specific cholesterol-lowering food recommendations from authoritative resources like the Mayo Clinic and the American Heart Association.
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You Will Need

  • Medical professional
  • Cholesterol level test
  • Whole-grain breads and pastas
  • Beans
  • Soy products
  • Vegetable oil
  • Lean meat
  • Nonfat milk
  • Veganism (optional)

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