Ok my wife and I are pretty healthy people, we indulge on the occasional pizza, but overall we are quite healthy. But the other day Phlosphr came home from the doc having found out he’s got high cholesterol.
Granted it runs in my family genetically, but I thought I was fine. I have a fairly active lifestyle and don’t eat too much fatty stuffs. I’m 6’1" 220. I have a lot of upper body muscle - Big Pecs and Biceps… but I would not consider myself fat. I do not have a gut per se but a couple small handles…
I was wondering how to lower my cholesterol naturally. I have heard Lecithin (sp?) does the trick. But what else? Anyone know any good foods to lower cholesterol and possibly burn fat? I do not want a serious lifestle change, but I do want to be healthy…
I don’t smoke, but I do indulge in the sauce a bit…
We are trying to incorporate more nuts and grains into our diets…I still eat cheerios for chrissake, I 'm 33. I have seen the ads for Quaker, and I think we have some in our cabinet somewhere. My diet is not exctly full of fiber right now… What are some high fiber foods? Besides Shredded wheat!
I don’t have a cite, but back when they first started touting oat bran as an excellent way to lower your cholesterol, (and I’m sure it is), this health magazine my ex was subscribed to claimed that the same weight of lentils would reduce your cholesterol 27 times more than oat bran. So that’s at least something you might want to look into. Perhaps someone of the teeming millions will know if this was an exaggerated claim. Or maybe has a delicious lentil based recipe. How about it?
beans (kidney, black, garbanzo, etc)
fruits and veggies (not all are high bananas aren’t, but many of them are, like apples and berries)
Whole grain foods (wheat bread isn’t necessarily - look for the words “whole grain” and “whole wheat” for example)
Soluble fiber is what does the trick, as opposed to insoluble fiber. Oat bran is high in soluble fiber, but so are a lot of whole grains. The product that is sold as a cholesterol adsorbent (I think it is called Chitosan) is made from chitin from shrimp shells, which is a polymer of N-acetylglucosamine.
Lots of foods may lower cholesterol. About two-thirds of people, however, cannot lower their cholesterol enough with dietary changes alone. If the problem is your liver makes too much cholesterol, this is hard to fix by eating a bit more bran.
If you want to help your heart, the evidence suggests a Mediterranean diet… fish three times a week, olive oil instead of butter and margarine, more vegetables, more poultry, less beef, less saturated fat.
Kelloggs makes a cereal called “All Bran - Bran Buds” that’s loaded with psyllium. Lots of soluble fiber, closest thing to “Colon Blow” that there is. Tastes pretty good too, close to 50 percent of your fiber in one bowl. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.
Another way to lower cholesterol, especially small LDL cholesterol, which is the part that’s really bad for you, is to eat less refined carbs, which appears to be the worst thing you can eat, besides trans fat* (FWIW, saturated fat raises large LDL, which isn’t bad, supported by studies like this one which show a reduced risk of CVD with high dairy consumption, which is very high in saturated fat (~2/3 of total fat) and raises LDL; similarly, this study found no link between CVD and red meat, but did find a strong link (42% increase in heart disease) for processed meat, including spam (the food kind).
Dietary cholesterol plays only a small role because most of your cholesterol is made in the liver based upon primarily the types of fats you ingest. The posts here cover most of what you should consider, but also consider niacin in pill form (OTC) to lower your LDL.