How to Eat to Lower Bad Cholesterol aka LDL

Learn how to eat to lower bad cholesterol, aka LDL, from nutrition coach Lisa Neilsen in this Howcast video.


Many of my clients ask me what foods they should incorporate to lower bad cholesterol. When I give them a recommendation I don't just typically give them a list of foods to lower their bad cholesterol; I take a look at their entire diet, and you want to upgrade all your foods, but here are four foods that you can crowd into your diet, specifically aimed at lowering your bad cholesterol. The first one would be oatmeal, oat bran, or foods that are high in fiber. Many, many studies have shown that these foods lower cholesterol over time. The next group are foods that are high in Omega-3s. So those would be foods like walnuts, and nuts, and foods like wild salmon. These are the good fats. These are the fats that you want in your body that are going to help lower the bad cholesterol. And then the last one I would suggest adding into your diet is cooking with olive oil. You don't need a lot of olive oil, but you want to have enough to flavor your foods, and again, this has the good fats that's going to lower the bad cholesterol. So again, in taking a look at ways you can lower your bad cholesterol take a look at your entire diet and start by crowding in those four foods.

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