Guide to a Low Cholesterol Diet

Cholesterol is found in your blood. There are two types of cholesterol, and they are called LDL and HDL. HDL cholesterol plays an important part in the body such as helping create hormones and substances to help you digest your food. Your body makes HDL cholesterol on it’s own.

You get LDL cholesterol when you eat certain foods. Your body can handle a little bit of LDL cholesterol, because the HDL cholesterol will help your body move it to the liver, where the body will begin the process of expelling it out of you. If there is too much in it, then it can create a hard substance on the inside walls of your arteries called plaque. The plaque can make it harder for blood to make its journey through your arteries. In some cases, plaque can lead to a heart attack or a stroke.

A low cholesterol diet is considered to be no more than 300 mg of cholesterol a day for a healthy person, or it is 200 mg of cholesterol a day for people with heart issues or diabetes. Low cholesterol diets can help keep your heart healthy. The following list is offered to give you an idea of what a low cholesterol diet would look like.

1. Fiber-Rich Foods

Your body makes bile to help you digest food you eat. It needs cholesterol from your blood to make this bile. When you eat fiber-rich foods, the fiber in them binds to the bile your body makes as it is getting digested. This lowers the amount of bile your body has, so it has to make more. When you body needs to make more bile, it takes some of the cholesterol out of your bloodstream, which lowers your overall cholesterol levels.

Foods high in fiber tend to be vegetables and fruits. Beans, sweet potatoes, okra, oranges, grapefruit, and avocados all are considered to be foods rich in fiber. Aside from being high in fiber, many fruits and vegetables are packed with nutrients that your body needs. A side effect of adding fiber-rich foods to your diet to combat high cholesterol could be better overall nutrition for your body. Fiber can also be found in whole grains such as wheat, oats, rye, and rice. Oats are an especially good source of whole grain fiber if you are gluten sensitive or intolerant because oats contain zero gluten.

It’s recommended that for every 1000 calories you eat, you need around 14 grams of fiber.