- 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.
- FACT: In 1963, ventriloquist Paul Winchell patented an artificial heart considered a prototype for Jarvik-7, the first successfully implanted artificial heart.
You Will Need
- Medical professional
- Cholesterol level test
- Whole-grain breads and pastas
- Soy products
- Vegetable oil
- Lean meat
- Nonfat milk
- Veganism (optional)