We have a history of cholesterol in our family. My grand-father used to have a high level and my dad too! My mom used to watch his diet. As she was busy working, taking care of 4 kids, she didn’t cook separate meals. So we had the same diet as my diet. We didn’t eat a lot of fries, we had lots of fruits and vegetables, we didn’t add too much salt to our meals!
I could never thank her enough for what she did because as an adult, I follow the same rules and my cholesterol level is normal. Unfortunately, over 40% of Canadians aged 20 to 79 have an unhealthy level (Source Stat Canada).
Types of cholesterol
Good” , called high density lipoprotein-cholesterol (or HDL cholesterol): prevents narrowing of artery.
Bad” called low density lipoprotein-cholesterol (or LDL cholesterol): may block the arteries
Foods that lower cholesterol
According to my family doctor, the following foods have a great impact on your level:
- Garlic: My mom used to add it to many recipes: pasta sauce, some salads! I am not a fan of raw garlic though as it is difficult to digest
- Walnuts and almonds: if you can have 7 to 10 per day, it would be great.
- Eat fruits and vegetables: my family doctor said that most of the fruits and vegetables are good to reduce the level but apples have a higher impact!
- Use olive oil for your cooking and dressing. It tastes better also
- Eat fish such as salmon around twice a week if you can afford it.
- Oatmeal: Many studies proved that oatmeal can reduce your bad level. you can include it in your breakfast and cereals. General Mills is helping Canadian families lowering their bad cholesterol by adding Oatmeal Crisp cereals to the “Green Banner” line-up. Any time you see the big green banner on packs of General Mills cereal, it means that these cereals contain oat fibres . For yummy recipes using Cheerios, Honey Nut Cheerios, and Oatmeal Crisp, as well as more info about lowering your cholesterol, you can check out www.cheerios.ca/Topics/Cholesterol.aspx
What are your tips to reduce your bad cholesterol ? Share it with us.
Disclosure – I am participating in the Life Made Delicious Ambassador Program by Mom Central Canada on behalf of General Mills. I received compensation as a thank you for participating and for sharing my honest opinion. The opinions on this blog are my own.