Lots of controversy and confusion surround cholesterol. In patients who have coronary artery disease, peripheral artery disease or carotid artery disease, there is no question about the benefit of cholesterol-lowering medications. However, for the rest of us who don’t have these diseases and don’t want to get them, how can we lower our cholesterol naturally?
There are a couple proven ways to lower cholesterol naturally:
Replace unhealthy fats (trans and saturated) with healthy fats (monounsaturated and polyunsaturated). This means becoming a food label reader. Trans fat should not be part of your diet. These kinds of fats lower good cholesterol (HDL) and raise your bad ones (LDL). They are found in margarine, shortenings, fried foods and so on. Any product that contains partially hydrogenated oil has trans fat. In addition to avoiding trans fat, limit your saturated fat intake. There should be no more than 2 grams of fat per serving, and it should account for less than 7 percent of your daily calorie intake. Saturated fats are most often found in animal products (such as beef, pork, chicken skin, hot dogs and regular cheese) and tropical oil (think palm and coconut oil).