Monday, July 24, 2006

Eating to lower cholesterol (3) -- Nuts

The 3rd categories of cholesterol-lowering foods are nuts. Nuts rich in a compound called monounsaturated fat, which can lower the bad LDL cholesterol and modestly raise the good HDL cholesterol. (Nuts contains some viscous fiber, plant sterols as well.) Monounsaturated fats are also rich in seeds (pumpkin, sunflower, etc.), avocados and various oils, such as vegetable, olive, safflower, sunflower and canola.

Studies have shown that people who ate about a handful of almonds a day (or 1 ounce) lowered LDL cholesterol by 4%; those who ate two handful lowered it by 9%.

How to do it ? Eat a variety of nuts, including walnuts, which pack in the most omega-3 fatty acids. Snack on nuts instead of pretzels or chips; toss chopped nuts into your oatmeal, salads and stir-fries. Remember foods rich in fats are also calorie heavy, so limit your serving size - eat no more than an ounce of nuts at one sitting.

13 comments:

Steve said...

Great information. I used to eat cashews but I think I will switch to almonds. Thanks for the advice.

Steve

April said...

I love your site, this is right up my alley. I found it funny this morning though, as your post states "foods that heal" and google places an ad for Lipitor cholesterol medication in relation to it! LOL... if only man's efforts could duplicate what nature already gave us, exept nature's sources don't have NEGATIVE SIDE AFFECTS! Lol.... still... ahh, thanks for the dedication, and Google: Thanks for the good laugh.

Nicholarse said...

Like this site. Just been flicking round on blogger and yours stands out. I had nuts in my cereal for breakfast this morning as well! Bonus!

NM

fritz said...

The old saying your are quoting is incorrect - "We are digging our graves with our TEETH!"

Joanna said...

Good site. Have any information about foods and supplements for fertility or insulin resistance?

Papar said...

I have been trying to bring down my cholostrol without medication. I like your site and the informations here. Thanks

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