Cholesterol isn’t all bad. In fact, in many cases, cholesterol is much healthier than people give it credit for. What many fail to realize is that there are different types of cholesterol, and problems only emerge when there is an unhealthy balance between the two types of cholesterol - LDL (low-density lipoprotein) and HDL (high-density lipoprotein).
The main difference between these types of cholesterol is that LDL cholesterol is light, travels quickly, and can adhere to the walls of our arteries and cause problems. HDL cholesterol, on the other hand, is much more solid and, in a sense, can effectively ‘sweep’ LDL cholesterol off the arterial walls.
In this article, we’ll be looking at foods that are effective at helping you lower levels of the unhealthy LDL cholesterol while increasing or balancing out levels of the much healthier HDL cholesterol.
Foods That Lower Cholesterol #1: Oats
Don’t worry - if you’re not a big fan of oatmeal, then there are plenty of other ways that you can prepare oats (plus, if you’re not a fan of oatmeal, chances are you just need a better recipe.)
Oats are one of the most popular foods for reducing cholesterol, partially because of the large amount of fiber present in them. You need soluble fiber to bind to cholesterol in your body before it makes it into your bloodstream.